COLUMBIA, S.C. – A South Carolina judge set a $25,000 bond for a suspect in a mall shooting on Saturday that left 14 people injured, the Columbia Police Department said Monday.
Jewayne Price, 22, will be on house arrest but allowed to travel to and from work while wearing an ankle monitor if he posts bond. Price cannot go to the mall or interact with anyone involved in the mass shooting.
JEWAYNE PRICE UPDATE: Price, who received bond yesterday, is still in the Lex Co. jail.
What’s new is he’s being “held for Columbia.”@ColumbiaPDSC presser at 4p
— Chris Joseph WIS (@Chris_D_Joseph) April 18, 2022
He was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and could face additional charges after the prosecutor reviews evidence, police said.
Price is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center. The bond hearing was held Sunday at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. His first court date is set for June 9.
Price is one of three people who were detained by law enforcement following the shooting at Columbiana Centre mall. The other two males were released after police determined they weren’t involved.
Investigators believe at least three suspects displayed weapons during the shooting and that at least two were fired. One of the firearms was collected as evidence. Columbia Police Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook said at a news conference that the shooting is likely an isolated and ongoing conflict between the suspects.
“We don’t believe this was random. We believe they knew each other and something led to the gunfire.”
This isn’t Price’s first brush with law for a shooting incident.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott released a statement on Sunday that stated that Price was charged in 2018 by RCSD with accessory after the fact in connection with the murder of Lower Richland High School student-athlete Amon Rice, 17, in Hopkins, South Carolina. The statement said in part:
“Sheriff Leon Lott has spoken publicly about his concerns with what he calls a ‘catch and release’ system. We catch people, they serve a little bit of time, they get out and they get right back doing what they normally do and that’s commit crimes. The criminal justice system needs to do better.”
#ColumbiaPDSC Update: An arrest has been made in connection with the shooting incident at Columbiana Centre. Here is the news release regarding the latest information, including updates on victims. https://t.co/kFM1AO1fHO pic.twitter.com/yT74e1C36N
— Columbia Police Dept (@ColumbiaPDSC) April 17, 2022
“It was unprovoked by him. He called the police, turned himself in, turned over the firearm that was used in this, and gave a statement to the Columbia Police Department. That is why he got a $25,000 bond.”
The 14 victims range in age from 15 to 73. At least nine of them suffered gunshot wounds, while the other five were injured while trying to flee the chaos.
The 73-year-old victim remains in a local hospital in fair condition, while the other 13 victims have been released, authorities said.
Columbiana Centre said in a statement after the shooting:
“Today’s isolated, senseless act of violence is extremely upsetting and our thoughts are with everyone impacted. We are grateful for the quick response and continued support of our security team and our partners in law enforcement.”
NYPD searching for gunmen responsible for mass shooting in coordinated gang attack that left 10 people injured
August 2, 2021
NEW YORK, NY – Police in New York City are searching for the four suspects involved in a suspected gang-related mass shooting that injured 10 people, three of which were alleged gang members.
Officials say that there were two gunmen responsible for firing into a crowd, with two other suspects on mopeds serving as the gunmen’s getaway drivers.
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) August 2, 2021
On July 31st at approximately 10:40 p.m., two men opened fire on a crowd near the area of 98th Street and 37th Avenue, leaving 10 victims injured in the shooting. Surveillance video captured the moments when the two suspects fired upon the crowd.
Police say that the two gunmen then boarded mopeds with drivers ready that were waiting nearby the scene of the shooting, fleeing the area.
Investigators say that at least 37 shots were fired by the suspects during the incident, with the victims ranging in age from 19 to 72. Luckily, all those wounded during the shooting were transported to an area hospital and are all expected to survive.
Of those injured, the most seriously wounded was one victim who was shot in the stomach.
It’s believed by investigators that of the 10 injured, only three were intended targets of the shooting. The sidewalk at the time of the shooting just so happened to have been crowded due to a birthday party that was taking place at a nearby restaurant.
NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig expressed his frustration over these sorts of gang-related shootings:
“There’s just one common theme, I want to get out there, that’s a recurring theme that keeps happening, and it has to stop throughout the city. That’s gang members. That’s guns, multiple guns on the scene, scooters being used, masks. And lastly, unintended targets getting hit. This is unacceptable on our streets in New York City, and it has to stop.”
Both mayoral candidates for New York City, Republican Curtis Sliwa and Democrat Eric Adams, have weighed in on the matter and how they’d respectively tackle the issues surrounding gang shootings in the city.
Sliwa stated that his solution would be simple, which is the hiring of more police officers in Ne York City:
“What I, as mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, would do immediately is something that our mayor is afraid to do, which is hire more police.”
Adams shared similar sentiments, but expanded upon the idea of adding more police by specifying the creation of a specialized task force that would address gang violence:
“We need a joint gangs and guns task force, with federal, state and city coordination to make sure that we can do information sharing, go after the guns that are on the streets, stop the flow of guns, and take down these crews.”
Hours after the mass shooting, another shooting incident transpired in the Manhattan area. Just as with the previous shooting, this one was also captured on surveillance footage.
On August 1st at approximately 2:15 a.m., a 35-year-old man was shot during an armed robbery that took place along the sidewalk on East 30th Street near Third Avenue in Kips Bay.
Video shows the victim being approached from the rear by the gunman, who police say the suspect demanded the victim’s watch and necklace. The victim can be seen backing away, hastily removing the items and tossing them toward the gunman.
Police say even after complying, the suspect shot the victim in the leg. The victim was later transported to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive.
Anyone with information on either of the shootings incidents is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
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