(Columbia) August 5, 2005 - Richland County authorities are now asking you to be on the lookout for one of two men linked to the shooting of WVOC Sports Director Christopher Thompson.
Investigators say the shooting appears to be the work of two armed robbers, men who held up several people at the Richland Terrace Apartments in the St. Andrews area.
One suspect, now identified as Thomas Littlejohn, 19, is also known as "L'il John" or "Triggerplay."
Thompson was shot in the WVOC parking lot as he was arriving for work the morning of July 14th. The sheriff's department said two men approached Thompson in what at the time appeared to be a robbery attempt.
Thompson, the 38-year-old sports director for the radio station, was getting something out of the back seat of his car. One of the men said something and one of them then fired a shotgun at Thompson. He was hit in the arm and stomach.
Investigators actually had contact with Littlejohn later that same day. He was arrested and held briefly during a drug bust at the Fairview Inn near I-26 and Piney Grove Road. They later found out Littlejohn had a cell phone in his possession that had been taken from one of the victims in the apartment complex holdup.
The Sheriff's Department is still trying to identify and locate the second suspect, the man believed to be with Littlejohn during the Richland Terrace robberies and the Thompson shooting.
Thompson's family declined comment Friday. Sheriff Lott says the sportscaster is still recovering, "He's had surgery in relationship to the shooting. I think he's getting better every day and I know the radio station is looking forward to him coming back real soon. They hope to get him back during the football season."
Littlejohn's record includes property crimes, shoplifting and using a car without permission.
Reported by Jack Kuenzie
Story courtesy of WISTV.com. For further developments be sure to tune in the news on Channel 10, WIS, in Columbia, SC.