Man indicted in July shooting that injured 4-year-old at Colony apartments

cwinston@thestate.comNovember 19, 2013 

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A 22-year-old man accused of hitting a 4-year-old girl with a stray bullet during a July gunfight was indicted Friday.

Marcus Sinclaire Gantt was indicted by the Richland County grand jury after 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson presented the attempted murder case.

Gantt was indicted on charges of attempted murder, which carries up to 30 years; possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, which carries up to five years; and unlawful carrying of a pistol, which carries up to one year and a $1,000 fine.

Johnson’s office announced the indictment Tuesday, and said he requested assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as both are working on the prosecution.

According to the Columbia Police Department, Gantt was a member of a group on foot engaging in a gunfight with another group in a vehicle at The Colony apartment complex on Bailey Street.

One of the bullets flew into an apartment where a 4-year-old girl was watching TV and struck her in the upper body. She was treated for the gunshot wound at a local hospital.

Four adults were in the home with the girl at the time of the shooting.

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