SC capital city welcomes children from border

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Leaders in South Carolina's capital city have voted to welcome unaccompanied children who have crossed the Mexican border and ended up in the area.

Columbia's City Council voted Tuesday in favor of a resolution put forth by Mayor Steve Benjamin to welcome immigrant children to the city.

There's been an influx of tens of thousands of children crossing the border into the U.S. illegally since last year to flee violence in Central America countries. Benjamin says at least 350 of these children were sent to South Carolina to stay with sponsors or relatives.

Benjamin said in a news release that City Council is expected to put together a workgroup tasked with finding additional ways the city can help meet the children's needs.

Cops; Man shoots pal while trying to shoot others

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Deputies say a 20-year-old man trying to shoot two people in a fight over stolen drugs in Orangeburg ended up shooting and killing a friend of his instead.

Investigators say officers responding to a call of gunshots in the area found 20-year-old Semaj Randolph in the front yard of a home. Orangeburg County Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle says Randolph died at the scene after the gunshot went through his shoulder and his lung.

Deputies say Marquis Stevenson was angry at two other men over stolen drugs, but missed his intended target when he shot his gun.

Stevenson has been charged with murder. He remains in jail and it wasn't known if he had a lawyer.

Worker charged with killing boss after being fired

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Orangeburg County deputies say a 37-year-old man has been charged with voluntary manslaughter after he punched his boss in the head twice when he was fired from his job at a car wash.

Authorities said 65-year-old Vernon Thompson was able to talk to officers after the beating Sunday and tell them that he was punched twice by Terrance Davis after he fired him.

Orangeburg County Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle says Thompson died the next day at the hospital from a head injury.

Deputies say Davis is cooperating with investigators. He is awaiting a bond hearing and it wasn't known if he had a lawyer.

Business listings show the address where the beating happened as the All In One Car Wash in Orangeburg.