Donald Gist, the brother-in-law of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, was shot and killed Friday afternoon, according to a statement from Benjamin’s spokesman.
Gist was also the brother of Fifth Circuit Court Judge DeAndrea Benjamin.
The preliminary investigation indicates the shooting wasn’t a random act of violence, as the shooter and the male victim appear to have known each other, Charlotte police said.
Medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene, police said.
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The shooting happened at about 1:15 p.m., and outbound Beatties Ford Road at LaSalle Street was temporarily closed, police said.
Police canvassed the area looking for witnesses.