Despite his tears and signs of remorse, Travis Robinson found little sympathy Thursday in a Rock Hill courtroom. Robinson is accused of shooting his girlfriend of eight years in the head and leaving her with a skull fracture.
“Nobody should feel sympathy for Travis,” said Michelle Gallo, a friend of the victim, moments after a judge set a hefty bond on Robinson, charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. “I hope he never gets out of jail.”
Police at about 1:20 a.m. Thursday arrested Robinson, 23, as he walked up the street from the High Street home he shared with his girlfriend, Seanquavious Rakima Chisholm, also 23, near Spencer Park, according to a Rock Hill Police report. A neighbor who called authorities about the shots fired call pointed to Robinson and told police “there he is.”
Officers were sent to the home after getting the call. There, they found Chisholm bleeding from the left side of her head. She was able to speak with police before she was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she remained hospitalized Thursday evening in stable condition.
Once in custody, Robinson showed officers the area where the gun was hidden, and police later found a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun in the bushes behind a utility shed on East White Street.
What led to the shooting remains unclear. Friends have told authorities that Chisholm does not suffer from any brain damage.
Thursday afternoon, Gallo watched as Robinson appeared before Municipal Court Judge Ray Long, who set his bond at $525,000.
When the judge asked Robinson if he had any questions, he replied through tears: “Will my girlfriend be all right?”
Judge Long deferred the question to victim’s advocate Avanette Lee, who said Chisholm is stable but suffers from a skull fracture.
After a long pause, Robinson lowered his head and told the judge: “I just want to say I’m sorry.”
Robinson, who State Law Enforcement Division records show has no prior adult criminal history, told Long he had been arrested at least once in the past. He is the father of a child who lives in Kannapolis, N.C., with the child's mother. Cuffed behind a podium, Robinson hung his head low and occasionally sniffled. He asked how long he had to stay at Moss Justice Center, and Long explained he would be there until he made bond or the case is settled in general sessions court.
After the hearing, Gallo told reporters that she felt no sympathy for Robinson and “nobody should.”
Chisholm, she said, “is a good woman” who has been in a relationship with Robinson for eight years. As far as she knows, he was never abusive and never hit his girlfriend.
Gallo called her friend “blessed,” saying “God has a plan for her, so he allowed her to make it through.”
“He could have taken her from a lot of people,” she said. “(Chisholm) is very loved..”