RCSD: 2 of 3 suspects charged, victim ID’d in Thursday shooting

The StateSeptember 20, 2013 

— Two male suspects in a Thursday night convenience store shooting were arrested Friday, while a female suspect remained at large.

Dequan Vereen, 19, and Tevin Richardson, 21, were arrested separately by RCSD Fugitive Task Force. Vereen was arrested Friday morning and Richardson on Friday afternoon. Both face charges of murder and attempted robbery.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the victim Friday morning as Robert H. Jewell, 51, of Columbia. Jewell died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the upper body, Watts said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded around 7:40 p.m. Thursday to a call of shots fired at the Food Fair convenience store at 7426 Hunt Club Road, Wilson said.

Jewell, whose address was also Hunt Club Road, had been shot in the upper body while sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The three suspects were two men and a woman. Surveillance video of the Food Fair parking lot shows two of the suspects and the car that one of the men and the woman fled in. The other male suspect fled on foot.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the getaway car, a ‘metallic blue or silver’ Honda, has damage to the rear driver side door and custom wheel rims.

Investigators believe the male victim and the suspects knew each other.

According to SLED, Verneen also faces charges in a November 2012 incident for armed robbery and attemped murder. Wilson said the charges stem from the attempted robbery at the Corner Pantry on Forest Drive. Several men entered the store and fired shots, according to deputies at the time, and the clerk shot back — hitting one of the suspects.

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