COLUMBIA, SC — A 31-year-old suspect has been arrested in a shooting incident that left bullet holes in the apartment of a sleeping woman.
Jerome Harper, of Columbia, now faces a variety of charges including attempted murder, possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a violent felony, driving under the influence, driving under suspension and simple possession of marijuana.
The chain of events that led to Harpers arrest began around 2 a.m. Monday, when deputies responded to a complaint about wild gunfire at Brook Pines Apartments in Columbia, near SLED headquarters off Broad River Road.
When deputies arrived, a woman told them she had been awakened by shots and then found bullet holes in her apartment.
A short time later, Columbia police stopped a motorist whose vehicle fit the description of one that fled the apartment complex after the shots were fired.
The driver, whom authorities identified as Harper, was detained for driving under the influence and confessed to firing the shots, according to a police report. Officers found a weapon in his car.
Richland County Sheriffs Department spokesman Curtis Wilson said deputies believe that Harper knew the woman whose apartment was fired upon.
We are checking to see the extent of their relationship, Wilson said.