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Gunfire Disrupts Lunchtime at Hardee’s Restaurant Near Grovetown


Columbia County authorities have taken a gunman into custody after he allegedly fired the weapon at least twice at a friend Tuesday while inside the Hardee’s on Wrightsboro Road near Grovetown, sheriff’s Maj. Sharif Chochol said.

No one was hit by the gunfire.

Sergey Kleyman, 51, a Russian-born homeless man, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, weapon possession and reckless conduct.

Sergey Markovich Kleyman

The incident began around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday after the two men argued outside the restaurant. The pair regularly meet at the fast-food restaurant to eat together, but they had a dispute on Tuesday. The victim went inside and the suspect followed him and shot in his direction.

The victim fled and the suspect was waiting for officers when they responded, Maj. Chochol said.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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