Authorities have now released the name of a suspect being sought in the fatal shooting of a woman found lying in the street near West Columbia Wednesday night.
Investigators are requesting the public's help in locating 24-year-old John Christopher Hart of Columbia.
Lexington County Sheriff's Major John Allard says, “The arrest warrant alleges that at about 11:15 p.m. on April 10th, Hart acted with malice aforethought when Hart shot Paula Justice, 43, in her upper torso with a firearm on Lumberjack Drive.
"Detectives determined that Justice had arranged to meet with Hart, who was an acquaintance, at about 10:15 p.m. on April 10th.”
Allard did not release details on what that meeting was for, or about a motive in the shooting.
Two men who were working to repossess a vehicle nearby heard a gunshot Wednesday night and minutes later found Justice lying in the street.
They called 911 and she was transported to the hospital but did not survive.