Five men were arrested, four of them charged with unlawfully carrying a gun, after an early morning shooting in Columbia’s Vista that left another man with a gunshot wound to the leg.
The five men, all in their mid-20s, were in a truck stopped by police nearby because it matched a description of a vehicle reported leaving the scene of the shooting, police said.
The five were taken into custody for questioning, Columbia Police chief Skip Holbrook said. But they also faced immediate charges, according to a news release from the department.
Investigators are seeking to confirm that one of the men is an employee of the city of Columbia, police department spokeswoman Shawna Washington said.
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The shooting occurred on the 700 block of Gervais Street, near Gadsden Street, around 2 a.m. Friday.
Officers responding to the call stopped a red truck at the intersection of Assembly and Gervais streets that fit the description of a vehicle spotted leaving the scene.
Officers found two handguns inside, Holbrook said.
The five men in the truck have been charged as follows:
Gerardo Daniel Ramierz, 24, with driving under suspension;
Eric Jerome Grant, 25, with giving false information to police, unlawfully unlawfully carrying a pistol and an existing bench warrant;
Telvin Mitchell, 25, with unlawfully carrying a pistol;
Garnell McDaniel, 24, with unlawfully carrying a pistol and three outstanding bench warrants;
And Demetrius Moore, 24, with unlawfully carrying a pistol.
Several business are in the area, including Wet Willie’s, Tsunami Sushi, Tin Lizzy’s and Vista Keys.