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Teen charged with murder after sleeping roommate was shot, Richland County deputies say

A teenager was charged with murder Tuesday after his sleeping roommate was shot Richland County Sheriff’s Department said.

In addition to murder, 18-year-old Columbia resident Amadeo Lopez-Castillo was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.

According to the release, officers responded around 1 a.m. to a report of a shooting at a home in the 8500 block of Old Percival Road. That’s in Columbia, near exit 76 on Interstate 20 and Percival Road.

At the scene, deputies spoke with residents and were told the victim, who was also a resident, was sleeping when he was shot by another resident of the home, the sheriff’s department said.

The victim, Lopez-Castillo, and three others were roommates, according to the release.

The other residents heard the gunfire, then restrained Lopez-Castillo and took the gun from his possession while they waited for deputies, the sheriff’s department said.

The victim died on the spot, according to the press release.

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The Richland County Coroner’s Office has not publicly identified the victim.

No other injuries were reported.

Nothing could yet be said about a motive for the shooting.

Lopez-Castillo was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, the sheriff’s department said. No bond has been set and Lopez-Castillo remains behind bars, jail records show.

After a bond hearing, Lopez-Castillo will return to court on June 28, Richland County court records show.

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