News In Brief - June 14, 2007

Area troopers earn annual honors

Two local troopers have earned top awards from the S.C. Department of Public Safety.

Cpl. Donald Ray Bradshaw was named Trooper of the Year for Troop 4. Bradshaw, an 18-year veteran, patrols in York County.

"Cpl. Bradshaw and his team consistently lead the area in the total number of driving under the influence arrests," said Capt. Marc Wright, Troop 4 commander.

Bradshaw and his wife, Brantlee, have two children, Austin, 10, and Andrew, 7.

Also this month, Cpl. James T. Perry was named MAIT Team Trooper of the Year. Perry serves on the collision reconstruction unit.

Last fall, Perry's unit investigated a fatal hit-and-run in Lancaster County. Perry identified the suspect's vehicle based on a fender well cover, tire paint and evidence found on the pedestrian.

Within 30 minutes, a deputy stopped a vehicle matching the description. The suspect later confessed.

1 dead, 1 injured in mall parking lot shooting

COLUMBIA -- A man was killed and a woman injured after man accused of stalking the woman shot them outside of a suburban mall, police said. Authorities were still searching for the shooter.

The shooting happened around 6:45 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the Columbiana Centre's main entrance, Columbia Police Chief Dean Crisp said.

Michael James Young Jr. confronted the woman at the mall, then followed her into the parking lot, where he shot the woman and her father, Crisp said.

Young was free on a $75,000 bond after being arrested June 5 and charged with stalking the woman.

The father died at the scene, and the daughter was taken to the hospital, where she was able to talk to investigators, Crisp said.

Authorities did not release their names.

Young, 21, was last seen driving a green Honda Accord, police said.