The Richland County Sheriff's Office is investigating a big fight that landed multiple people behind bars.
Deputies say Shambrea Howell and Taneshia Southerland were arrested for using a baseball bat and a tree branch to assault two other women at an apartment complex in Northeast Columbia. They say multiple shots were also fired in the fight between at least 20 people.
One of the victims, 49-year-old Inga Huiett, was just released from the hospital after receiving seven stitches to the head.
Huiett's granddaughter is also recovering from injury in the attack.
"Yeah, I thought I was going to die," Huiett said. "All that blood was leaking from my head. I was scared! I ain't even going to lie. Yeah, I was scared."
Huiett's granddaughter was hit with a tree branch and Huiett was struck with a baseball bat.
"There was so much blood leaking out my head that I had to take my shirt off out the door to apply pressure," Huiett said. "Good thing I know about things like that, so I could reserve my blood so I wouldn't get weak."
Sutherland and Howell were both arrested for the roles they played in the fight. Huiett said Sutherland was angry and came to attack because of Huiett's son who lives in Myrtle Beach.
"They came to attack," Huiett said. "She gave warnings. She said, 'Give a warning. I'm coming.' Like she's the baddest woman in the world. I ain't scared of you. I might be a little older than you, but ain't nothing scared about me."
Authorities say the assault put others in danger as well as multiple shots were fired.
"The Richland County Sheriff's Department will not tolerate this type of behavior or any type of criminal activity," said Sgt. Kevin Lawrence.
According to a worker at the apartment complex, there are no surveillance cameras in place. However, management is working to get some installed. Meanwhile, Richland County says they will continue to investigate the incident, but Huiett says she'll be ready to fight back next time.
"I am going to get me a gun," she said. "I'm going to get it registered in my name because I'm not going to be going through nothing like this. I'll be 50 years old next month and I didn't even go through nothing like this when I was in my twenties and thirties."
If you have any information on the incident that will assist in identifying or finding others involved, deputies urge you to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (1-888-274-6372).
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