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Three sought for questioning in Five Points stray-bullet shooting

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Columbia Police want to speak with three men who may gotten into an argument with a 20-year-old that allegedly opened fire and struck an 18-year-old University of South Carolina student.

Police say the three men, shown on surveillance footage near the scene, may have also witnessed the shooting.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. Sunday in Five Points when police say Michael Juan Smith opened fire on two men he was arguing with. However, Smith missed, and the one of the bullets struck Martha Childress in the midsection.

Childress has been recovering in a local hospital for several days. The bullet hit her spinal cord, and she was paralyzed in the incident.

Smith was apprehended at the scene a short time later and the gun used in the crime was found on his person.

Smith stands charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony, unlawful carrying of a pistol, and possession of a stolen pistol.

If you have any information about the men sought by police for questioning, please call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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