Two men gunned down inside home; shooter still at-large

Local law enforcement gather on the scene of an apparent double homicide on North Carolina Avenue in Batesburg-Leesville. (Staff photo by Tony Baughman)

Two young men are dead, and law enforcement personnel are still searching for answers – and a killer — following a brutal double murder last Friday night inside a home on the 200 block of North Carolina Avenue.

Daniel Nathaniel Robinson, 33, and Richard DeQuincy Broadwater Jr., 27, both of Batesburg, died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. Autopsy results for the victims came in late Monday afternoon; the Coroner’s Office is still awaiting toxicology results.

The victims’ killer has not yet been identified or captured. Authorities declined to say whether there is any evidence the shootings are drug-related or gang-related because the murders remain under investigation.

Around 9:15 p.m. Friday, the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department responded to reports of a gunshot victim at a residence on this otherwise quiet side street tucked off S.C. Highway 23 near Eastside Baptist Church, diagonally across from Tractor Supply Company. Once on the scene, local law enforcement officers discovered the two male victims, and EMS was notified. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene

Uniformed personnel from the State Law Enforcement Division arrived, and bloodhounds canvassed the area around the residence. Other officers scoured the surrounding property with flashlights, searching the yard for spent shell casings and other clues.

Units from the Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the shooting.

The last homicide to occur within the Town Police Department’s jurisdiction was in May 2012, when a 30-year-old woman was killed by her 27-year-old boyfriend while working at the China One restaurant on West Columbia Avenue. The assailant in that murder-suicide case then turned the gun on himself.

The Batesburg-Leesville Police Department has released a statement from Batesburg-Leesville Police Chief Wallace Oswald, seeking information on the murders from any potential witnesses. Anyone with information on these killings is asked to contact Detective Chandler at the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department at 803-532-4408.

Story by Tony Baughman/ Updated October 17, 2019