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Driver Hits Spartanburg Regional Door Delivering Gunshot Victim

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Victim shows up at hospital after shooting. Victim shows up at hospital after shooting.
Lawrence Penson Lawrence Penson
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A man is under arrest after police say he rammed the front door of Spartanburg Regional Medical Center early Monday while trying to bring a gunshot victim for treatment.

Spartanburg Police say a witness saw Lawrence Penson drive a pickup truck to the hospital entrance off Wood Street twice around 3:00 a.m. Monday. The witness says Penson got out of the truck, knocked on the door of the hospital and then drove off.

A leg was seen hanging out the back passenger window of the truck.

Investigators say Penson returned, but this time he drove the truck into the front doors of SRMC.

A gunshot victim was in the passenger seat of the truck. Investigators believe the victim was shot near Allen Avenue. The sheriff's office is taking over that part of the investigation, since that location is outside the city limits.

The Spartanburg Police incident report states $10,000 in damage was caused to the hospital doors and framing by the pickup truck. A police spokesman says Penson claimed he couldn't get anyone to answer the door.

Penson was arrested and charged with malicious injury to property and driving under suspension. He's being held Monday morning in the Spartanburg County Detention Center

The Spartanburg Police Department also encourages members of the community to get involved. Information can be given anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1.888.CRIMESC, or Text TIP649 with your tip to CRIMES (274637).

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