Woman pulls gun on man after he plows car through people at a funeral
By Jennifer Cruz
An officer works the scene where a man drove through a crowd of people attending a funeral. (Photo: Columbia Police Department)
Authorities in Columbia, South Carolina, say a man intentionally drove his car through a group of people as they attended a funeral last week, but witnesses also say one woman may have prevented further injury after she pulled a gun on the suspect.
The Columbia Police Department confirmed in a press release that 12 people ranging in age from 11 to 78 years old were left with serious, though non-life threatening, injuries, while 64-year-old James Kester was charged with a dozen counts of attempted murder.
The incident unfolded at the Greenlawn Memorial Park around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral of Margaret Livingston was coming to a close but about 30 to 40 people were still at the graveside at the time of the attack.
Authorities say Kester walked up to the group and asked a family member if the funeral was for Margeret Livingston. Tammy Altman, Livingston’s cousin, said Kester’s question came across as odd because everyone who knew Livingston called her either Peg or Peggy.
Witnesses say Kester then walked away, got into his Cadillac sedan and drove through the crowd of