Two men have been charged with murder in connection with shooting death Wednesday morning at a Columbia Waffle House.
Adrian Odoric Lawrence, 37, and Michael Terrence Gilbert, 35, are accused of shooting 28-year-old Benjamin Moultrie in the parking lot of the Waffle House at 8600 Farrow Road, the Richland County Sheriff's Department reported. The two men allegedly shot Moultrie multiple times in his chest and abdomen. A deputy on patrol in the area heard gunshots being fired at the Waffle House about 3:30 a.m. and found Moultrie lying in the parking lot. The suspects already had fled. Moultrie died two hours later at Palmetto Health Richland.
The shooting stems from an altercation the men had earlier in the night at LaRoyce, a nightclub off of Farrow Road. Deputy Curtis Wilson, a sheriff's department spokesman, said the cause of the fight has not been determined.
Investigators are searching for other people who were in the restaurant when the shooting happened. Anyone with information on their whereabouts should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372.