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Another Shooting Incident Reported Along Swamp Rabbit Trail

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It's the third time in just a matter of weeks deputies have responded to shooting incidents along the popular Upstate trail. It's the third time in just a matter of weeks deputies have responded to shooting incidents along the popular Upstate trail.
The sheriff's office reports several signs along the trail were found with damage that could have been from gunfire. The sheriff's office reports several signs along the trail were found with damage that could have been from gunfire.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

Investigators are following up on leads, trying to find the gunman who left behind bullet holes in several signs along Swamp Ramp Trail.

It's the third time in just a matter of weeks deputies have responded to shooting incidents along the popular Upstate trail.

Last Tuesday, cyclists reported they were being shot at near West Blue Ridge Drive.  Read more here.

The week before that, crews found a man shot to death in the same area.  Click here to read that story.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office began stepping up its patrols on Swamp Rabbit Trail in the wake of the string of recent shootings.

“We're trying to spread our manpower out enough to where we have 24-hour coverage," said Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Michael Hildebrand.

On Friday night, a homeowner heard the sound of gunshots on the trail and called 911.

Two deputies who were patrolling the area at the time heard them too, and found bullet holes in signs where Swamp Rabbit intersects Watkins Bridge Road.

That’s where you could find Hal and Darlene Schwantes on Monday afternoon, riding a bicycle built for two.

“It's a beautiful trail and we really love coming here,” said Darlene Schwantes.

The pair drive from Shelby to enjoy Swamp Rabbit Trail several times a month.

“I mean, we drive an hour and 20 minutes just to be able to ride on this thing and it would be sad to find out it was too dangerous to ride on," said Hal Schwantes.

Investigators are not convinced Friday’s shooting was related to Tuesday’s shooting.

“The intended targets are completely different,” said Hildebrand. “I can't say for sure that it's a copy cat. But I do find it interesting that two similar incidents, both involving firearms, happened in that same area on the trail."

Both incidents also happened after dark.

“We only ride it in the daytime. We would never chance it at night," said Hal Schwantes.

One thing that is making it difficult for investigators to figure out if both of last week's shootings are related is that they have recovered no evidence from Tuesday's shooting -- the one the bicyclists reported. That means they’re unable to compare things like shell casings between the two crimes.

All three recent shootings on the Swamp Rabbit Trail are open investigations. If you have information, deputies want you to come forward.

If you plan to use the trail at night, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office has some tips. First, go with a group. Bring a cellphone and a flashlight. Keep an eye on the tenth-of-a-mile markers along the trail, so if something happens you can tell investigators.the location.

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