Man dies after being shot in West Columbia, Corey Jones sought by police

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the individual who was fatally shot in the 500 block of Luke Street, West Columbia, at approximately 12:15 p.m., Thursday.

Corey Jones

According to Fisher, Mr. Harkeem Quaman Akins, 30, of Gaston was pronounced dead upon arrival at an area hospital after being transported from the scene. Mr. Akins had suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body. The incident is under investigation by the West Columbia Police Department.

The West Columbia Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a person of interest in a death investigation.

The West Columbia Police Department responded to the 500 block of Luke Street in West Columbia in reference to a shooting and found that Harkeem Akins had died as a result of this shooting and an investigation has established a person of interest in the case.  Investigators are seeking information on the whereabouts of thirty-seven-year-old Corey Anthony Jones of West Columbia.  Corey is five feet two inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.

If you have any information regarding this individual, please contact the West Columbia Police Department at 803-794-0721 or the Midlands CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. You may also submit a tip to CrimeStoppers of the Midlands by using the P3 Tips App or by going to and clicking “Submit a Tip”.For additional information, please contact Assistant Chief Scott Morrison at (803) 939-3187.