Security guard shot to death in Richland County

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 7:24 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A security guard at a Columbia-area nightclub has been shot and killed. 

It's the second consecutive weekend a nightclub security guard has been killed in Richland County. 

Coroner Gary Watts says 40-year-old Jimmy Moti of West Columbia was shot in the abdomen and died during surgery early Sunday at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital. 

The shooting happened shortly before midnight Saturday. A sheriff's spokeswoman says Moti had refused to let three men go inside after he questioned the authenticity of one man's identification. No arrests have been made. 

Last weekend, 25-year-old security guard Gawayne A. Franklin was shot in the head and killed at another nightclub. That shooting happened after Franklin argued with a club patron. 

Twenty-two-year-old James Kevin Bethel Jr. of Columbia has been charged with murder in Franklin's death.
 

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