In an effort to determine the identity of a murder suspect, Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators are releasing a surveillance picture of a car connected to a Ripplemeyer Avenue shooting investigation.
The dark-colored vehicle, a 2015 Nissan Altima bearing South Carolina license plate, UMJ-492 was possibly used in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man on August 23, 2022 at North Pointe Estates. The information regarding the vehicle has been entered in to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.
The Richland County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as Travis K. Sutton. He was shot in the upper body and pronounced deceased at a local hospital.
CPD officers initially received a Shotspotter alert at the Ripplemeyer Avenue apartment complex, followed by a 9-1-1 call regarding shots fired. When officers arrived at the location, they found Sutton outside with life-threatening injuries. Several people applied pressure to Sutton’s wound before EMS arrived to take him to a hospital.
Crime scene experts collected DNA evidence from the incident location. Ballistic evidence was also found with the assistance of a trained CPD K-9.
Chief W. H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook encourages citizens with information about the crime to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways:
CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.
LOG onto: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.
DOWNLOAD the new P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.