The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating a wreck near Columbia Place mall after a Richland County deputy coming to help with a shooting investigation was part of a three-vehicle pile-up Monday.
Darryl Jumper Jr., 25, and Kelvin Jackson, 22, were arrested following the incident, said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. Jumper was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a scheduled IV narcotic; and Jackson was charged with pointing and presenting, Lott said of the suspects who’ve been transported to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
The shooting investigation began after Sgt. Stacey Davis noticed two vehicles moving fast on Two Notch Road, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Brittany Scott.
After stopping one vehicle about 11:30 a.m. on O’Neil Court a few blocks from the mall, Davis noticed bullet holes in its left side door, Scott said. Jumper, who was driving that vehicle, told Davis that an occupant in the second vehicle had shot at his car, according to Scott.
Davis approached the second vehicle stopped in the median. Scott said Davis saw the driver remove a handgun from his ankle and try dispose of it in nearby woods. Davis was able to capture the driver, Scott said.
Meanwhile, deputy Angel Rodriguez collided with the first car as he arrived to assist Davis. A third vehicle driven by an 87-year-old woman crashed into those two, deputies said
Rodriguez and the other two drivers were taken to Palmetto Health Richland for treatment of injuries that are not life-threatening.
Deputies found marijuana, cocaine, and Xanax belonging to Jumper, said Lott, adding another handgun was located in the wood line that belonged to Jackson. Investigators discovered Jackson pointed the handgun at the driver in the second vehicle before the shots were fired, according to Lott, who also said additional charges may be coming, and the investigation is ongoing.
Staff writer Noah Feit contributed to this report