Authorities in South Carolina’s capital confirmed the arrest of a second man on Monday in connection with a gunfight inside a major retail mall on Saturday, one of two mass shootings that shook the state during the Easter holiday weekend.
The 20-year-old Marquise Love Robinson was arrested overnight, and officials are also looking for a third suspect, Amari Sincere-Jamal Smith, according to Columbia Police Chief W.H. During a press conference, Holbrook remarked, “Skip.” Both males face nine counts of severe assault and battery, as well as attempted murder charges.
Authorities claimed nine individuals were shot and another six were hurt in the rush to escape Columbiana Center, but no one was killed. One person remained in the intensive care unit on Monday, according to Holbrook.
The shooting was not a random act, according to police, and the three suspects were known to each other. The males took firearms into the mall, according to Holbrook, and police seized two pistols suspected to have been involved in the shooting.
“You had guns inserted into the fight, shooting was exchanged, and innocent individuals were hurt in the crossfire,” Holbrook explained.
Jewayne M. Price, 22, was the first person arrested in the incident. He was one of three persons first detained by law enforcement as a person of interest. Todd Rutherford, Price’s attorney, informed news outlets on Sunday that his client discharged a revolver at the mall in self-defense. Price faces a charge of unlawfully carrying a firearm, according to Rutherford, because he legally possessed his gun but did not have a licence to carry it.
According to authorities, Price now faces an attempted murder charge as well as nine charges of aggravated assault and battery. As of Monday, he was being held in the Lexington County jail.
Price was released from jail on a $25,000 surety bail if he stayed on home arrest with an ankle monitor, according to Columbia police on Twitter.
According to authorities, Robinson has a bail hearing planned on Tuesday morning. Smith, 21, of Columbia, is also charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm, and authorities have appealed for the public’s aid in finding him.
“This is not a condemnation of gun ownership,” Holbrook said. “This is an indictment on the easy availability of weapons on the street for persons with malicious intentions to use those firearms against others.”
Over the Easter holiday weekend, three mass shootings in the United States — two in South Carolina and one in Pennsylvania — brought an end to a month of gun violence throughout the country.
According to the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, at least nine individuals were shot early Sunday at Cara’s Lounge in Hampton County. The nightclub violence did not result in any deaths.