One of the suspects who allegedly opened fire in a South Carolina shopping mall as part of a gunfight that left 14 people injured will be allowed to return to work with an ankle monitor while on house arrest after being released on bail.
Jewayne Price, 22, was arrested Sunday and charged with unlawfully carrying a pistol in connection with the shooting at Columbia’s Columbiana Centre mall.
Columbia police said on Twitter that a judge agreed to let Price leave jail on a $25,000 surety bond. He is currently on house arrest with an ankle monitor and may go to work at certain times – though authorities did not say where he is employed.
Price’s attorney, Todd Rutherford, admitted Sunday that his client fired a gun at the mall, but said it was in self-defense. Price was only charged because he did not have a permit to carry a weapon, Rutherford said.
Price is one of three suspects arrested in the aftermath of the shooting. The other two men were released after it was determined they weren’t involved, police said.
Victims at the shooting Saturday ranged in age from 15 to 73. Nine people were shot and five others suffered injuries, including broken bones lacerations and a head injury, while attempting to flee the mall for safety.
The US has been rocked by three mass shootings during Easter weekend – two of them in South Carolina – that have left two fatalities.
South Carolina authorities are investigating a shooting at a nightclub early Sunday that wounded at least nine people. A shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in which two minors were killed early Sunday, left at least 31 people wounded.
Jewayne Price, 22, was arrested Sunday and charged with unlawfully carrying a pistol in connection with the shooting at Columbia’s Columbiana Centre mall. His bond was set at $25,000 on Sunday
Victims at the Clumbiana Centre Mall shooting Saturday ranged in age from 15 to 73. Nine people were shot and five others suffered injuries, including broken bones lacerations and a head injury, while attempting to flee the mall for safety
Columbia police said on Twitter that a judge agreed Sunday to let Price leave jail on a $25,000 surety bond. He was to be on house arrest with an ankle monitor and allowed to go to work at certain times
Following his arrest on Sunday, Price was held in custody at the Lexington County Detention Center before his 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. He was later released from custody and will be forced to wear an ankle monitor.
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Price’s lawyer added on Sunday that his client had been set a relatively low $25,000 bond because he was cooperating with authorities.
‘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,’ Rutherford said, according to WMBF-TV.
Police said the judge will allow Price to travel from home to work during certain hours each day and that he is forbidden from contacting the victims and anyone else involved in the shooting incident.
Nine people were shot and five other people sustained injuries while trying to flee the scene at Columbiana Centre, Columbia Police Chief W.H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook said.
The victims ranged in age from 15 to 73. None faced life-threatening injuries.
The 73-year-old victim continues to receive medical treatment, but the other victims have been released from local hospitals.
Officials are still looking for two other suspects believed to be connected to the shooting.
‘We don’t believe this was random,’ Holbrook said. ‘We believe they knew each other and something led to the gunfire.’
Police said the judge will allow Price to travel from home to work during certain hours each day and that he is forbidden from contacting the victims and anyone else involved in the shooting incident
Columbia Police Chief W.H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook said officials ‘don’t believe this was random’ and alleged the suspects knew each other
People could be seen sitting in the mall in the aftermath of the shooting (left), and blood was left on the floor (right)
Price was detained as one of three people initially identified as persons of interest in Saturday’s shooting at Columbiana Centre.
Shopper Daniel Johnson said that he and his family were eating in the food court when they first heard shots ring out and started seeing people running.
Johnson said people were screaming for their children and spouses, knocking over tables in the food court as they fled.
‘Everybody was trying to get outside,’ Johnson said. ‘When I was coming out, you could see baby strollers turned over, people’s phones and left keys. It was kind of a hectic situation.’
A preliminary examination of ballistic evidence collected from the scene indicated that at least two different firearms were used by two suspects.
Police believe the shooting was an isolated incident between the suspects and likely stemmed from an ongoing conflict.
After turning himself in on Sunday, Price was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, and his pistol was seized.
South Carolina residents age 21 or older can get a weapon permit that, as of last year, allows them to carry weapons openly or concealed.
They must have eight hours of gun training and pass a background check that includes fingerprinting. Price’s lawyer said he legally owned his gun, although he did not have a permit to carry it.
In 2018, Price had been previously arrested and charged in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Amon Rice, who was shot dead in Hopkins, South Carolina.
It is unclear whether those charges have been dropped.
At least two mass shootings happened in South Carolina over the weekend: One in Columbia at a shopping mall and another at a restaurant in Hampton County
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, two minors were killed and at least eight people when shots were fired during an Airbnb party, where the ‘vast majority’ of the hundreds of people were underage. The shooting occurred at around 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Sussman Street and Madison Avenue
Video posted online showed underage partygoers in an argument before shots were fired at an Airbnb early Sunday morning in Pittsburgh
The South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division is also investigating a shooting at Cara’s Lounge in Hampton County, roughly 80 miles west of Charleston, early Sunday. It was the second mass shooting in the state and the third in the nation during the Easter holiday weekend.
Nine victims were shot while the venue hosted an ‘Easter Bash’ featuring exotic dancers and live music, according to an event flyer posted on Facebook.
There are no reported fatalities and information about the victims, the shooter, or a motive has not been released.
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, two minors were killed and at least eight people were injured when shots were fired during an Airbnb party at the intersection of Suismon Street and Madison Avenue early Sunday.
Police said there were more than 200 people inside the Airbnb at the time, many of whom were underage, when multiple gunmen opened fire.
As many as 50 shots were fired inside the apartment, authorities initially said, prompting some attendees to jump out the windows. At least two of those partygoers sustained broken bones and lacerations from the jump, according to WTAE.
Officials said at a news conference later they now believe there were a total of 90 shots fired in what Police Chief Scott Schubert described as a ‘very chaotic scene.’
The three Easter weekend mass shootings are the most recent in a string of shootings in the US.
Last week, a gunman opened fire inside a New York subway car, injuring 10 people. A suspect was arrested the next day.
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head Wednesday outside Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal Mall. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Officials said he was with a group of boys when they got into a dispute with a second group.
On Tuesday, a Southern California shoe store owner mistakenly shot a 9-year-old girl while firing at two shoplifters at the Mall of Victor Valley, police said.
One week ago, a shooting inside a crowded nightclub in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, left a man and a woman dead and 10 people wounded, authorities said.
Earlier this month, police said six people were killed and 12 others wounded in Sacramento, California, during a gunfight between rival gangs as bars closed in a busy area near the Downtown Commons shopping mall and the state Capitol.
And last month, 10 people were shot at a spring break party in Dallas and several others were injured as they tried to escape the gunfire, police said.