COLUMBIA, SC — Three teens have been arrested in connection with a gang shooting earlier this month in the Lyon Street Community neighborhood.
Shawn Eric Moody Jr., 19, and Tyquan Marquise Williams, 17, each have been charged with two counts of attempted murder. A 15-year-old also has been charged in the case, according to a news release Friday from the Columbia Police Department.
Police accuse the three of shooting two men on the 1100 block of King and Bratton streets shortly before 2 p.m. June 10, the report said. The intersection also is near the Melrose Heights neighborhood.
The shots were fired at the rear passenger side of a car and struck one man in the head and one man in the leg. One of the victims ran to a nearby residence to call 911, police said. Both were treated for their injuries at a local hospital and then released.
The three teens allegedly involved in the shooting are documented gang members and are accused of targeting another person at the scene, the police report said. Police believe the shooting stemmed from a previous fight involving gang members.
In the news release, interim police chief Ruben Santiago was quoted as saying the departments gang unit is designed to combat this type of violence. The unit gathers intelligence and works with other units within the department to stop gangs.
The shootings also come as the city pushes a 100 Days of Nonviolence campaign to reduce youth violence and crime.
Anyone with information on gang activity in Columbia should call CrimeStoppers at (888) 274-6373.
Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307.