MARION, S.C. (WBTW) — Marion police are looking for at least three men after a person was wounded Sunday evening as officers investigated multiple reports of gunshots being fired across the city over a span of about 90 minutes.
Police said they had multiple calls of shootings on Jones Avenue, W. Baptist Street, Georgetown Street, Dunlop Street, Dickson Heights, James Court, Rosewood Drive and Gurley Street between Strawberry Street and Liberty Street.
However, police said there was no evidence of shots being fired at W. Baptist Street, Dunlop Street, Georgetown Street, Rosewood Drive, Strawberry Street or Gurley Street. Fired shell casings were recovered from Dickson Heights and Jones Avenue.
“It could’ve been something where people just thought it was coming from that area,” Marion Police Chief Tony Flowers said. “Or it could’ve been somebody shooting with a revolver where there are no shell casings, you know, it stayed inside the chamber.”
Officers responded to James Court about a person being shot in the lower back area, police said. However, police learned that the person did not appear to be shot at James Court but was taken there from an unknown location.
The person’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to police. They were taken to McLeod Hospital in Florence.
“It seemed like every 15 minutes we were getting shots fired calls,” Flowers said. “And it wasn’t one or two shots fired. It sounded like an automatic rifle going off. And it got to the point where over about a 45-minute to an hour span, we had six or seven shots fired calls.”
Police said they recovered an abandoned dark-colored Nissan pickup truck with a missing back window that was believed to have been involved in the incident.
The vehicle was found in the 800 block of Phillips Street, according to police. No one was inside the vehicle, but the suspects were caught on security video parking the vehicle and walking north on Phillips Street.
All three of the men appeared to be wearing shorts, police said. One of them might have been wearing a pink or red shirt or hoodie, another might have been wearing a blue shirt and the other was wearing a dark shirt or hoodie.
Police said they have been getting “minimal to no” cooperation from the victim and possible witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call the Marion Police Department.
“I’ve had guys tell me before, you know, ‘that’s your job to figure it out,'” Flowers said. “We depend on the public to help us. We don’t just go into anything blind and we get everything solved. It comes through tips and everything like that and we put the pieces together.”
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