West Columbia police officers make arrest in early morning shooting
West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – Officers with the West Columbia Police Department have arrested a juvenile in connection to an early morning shooting incident in the city. According to Assistant Police Chief Scott Morrison, the boy was taken into custody right after the shooting happened. This all occured on Hammond Avenue around 4:00 a.m. Monday.
Chief Morrison said the suspect would not be named because of his age. Apparently, he was in possession of a gun when he was taken into custody. His parent or guardian was notified and met officers at the police department after the young man was arrested.
The entire incident was the result of an altercation that occurred at a home on Hammond Avenue this morning, Morrison said. This was not a random act according to the chief. The shooter and the person at the home knew each other and had argued at some point. Then, the juvenile produced a gun and shot toward the home where the other individual was. The shooter then fled the scene in a car but was stopped by a West Columbia officer nearby who then detained him
Chief Morrison said the suspect spent most of Monday at the department dealing with officers in charge of investigating the shooting. He said that he believed that detectives were still working to complete their investigation; however, the juvenile would be facing multiple charges in regard to this incident.