Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has identified the victim of a drive-by shooting on Friday night. Police say 29-year-old Darrel Goodwin died Sunday after he was gunned down outside of his North Columbia apartment.
The incident occurred around 8:15 p.m. Friday at Hammond Village Apartments on Marlboro Street. Witnesses say the occupants of a white Chevy Impala and a burgundy or red-colored Chevy Avalanche drove up and opened fire on Goodwin.
Goodwin's uncle and other Hammond Village tenants gathered around a makeshift memorial Monday afternoon. The commemoration was made up of beer cans, liquor-bottle-candlesticks and flowers. It was created in the place where Goodwin collapsed in between his apartment and the street.
Goodwin's uncle was clutching a photo of his nephew. He does not wish to be identified because he fears retaliation, but he pointed out two bullet holes left behind by his nephew's killers. He pointed to a chair leaned up against the apartment.
"I was sitting in this chair right next to him when he was shot and killed," Goodwin's uncle said.
A young man standing near the memorial also asked not to be identified on camera, but he wants people to know that Goodwin was highly respected and known for taking care of people.
There is a sign indicating a police substation within the complex but it is inaccurate.
"There is not a police substation located within the apartment complex," said Police Spokesperson Jennifer Timmons.
There are also three security cameras that may have captured video of the shooting. Hammond Village management did not respond to a question about the cameras.
Police say investigators have collected evidence from the crime scene and are currently following leads, including working with other law enforcement partners and the Richland County Coroner's Office on the case. Citizens with any information about the murder are asked to call, text or submit online to Crimestoppers.