Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is requesting community assistance in identifying and locating the suspects wanted for nine counts of attempted murder, and animal cruelty.

On August 5 just after 6 am at 412 Miriam Avenue, Columbia, deputies responded to a shots fired call.

Upon arrival, deputies located nine victims ranging from 3 – 48 years of age (two males, seven females). Sheriff Leon Lott stated that unknown suspects fired multiple rounds at the residence striking several vehicles and the home in the process. The suspect’s fired shots that struck the family pet killing him as he sat next to a nine year old boy inside the home.

Lott said the dog possibly saved that child’s life. He also said this doesn’t appear to be a random act of violence, and is asking for assistance in locating and identifying the suspects responsible.

To receive up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible, please call, email or text your anonymous tip to CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or at www.midlanscrimes.com. You can also text “TIPSC plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).