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2 men charged with attempted murder in connection to West Columbia shooting

Two men have been accused of forcing a Lexington man out of a home on Platt Springs Road and shooting him, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

Bobby James Murphy III, 27, and Burton William Chavis, 32, are charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Murphy is a resident of Elgin, and was arrested Saturday. Deputies are still searching for Chavis, who lives in North.

“Based on witness statements and other information detectives have confirmed, Chavis and Murphy were armed with a gun when they forced a man out of a home early Tuesday morning.” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “They then tried to force him into a car before shooting him in he lower body.”

A shot from Chavis struck the victim, according to Koon.

Tips on Chavis’ location can be shared with Crimestoppers by calling 888-274-6372 or by using the Crimestoppers app.