Updated 12:16 p.m.
Columbia police today announced they have sworn out a warrant to arrest a suspect in connection with Wednesday’s shooting death of a young Greenview woman.
The warrant charges Johnathan Allen Bailey, 19, with possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime in the death of Ebony Fogle.
Fogle, 18, of Clark Street, was shot several times in the back yard of a residence at 300 Juniper St., near Moses Street.
Police said their investigation leads them to believe Bailey approached Fogle and shot her with a handgun.
Police described Bailey as armed and dangerous. He may be driving a late model silver Honda Accord.
Police plan a press conference later today.
Neighbors reported hearing anywhere from eight to 12 to 25 shots, with a pause in the middle — “like someone was reloading,” as one woman put it.
Columbia police Capt. Thomas Dodson said Fogle did not live in the home.
Dodson said Wednesday police were looking for two suspects and interviewing witnesses who were both at the home and nearby. No new information was released about the second possible suspect.
Police responded to a 911 call about 1 p.m., he said.
The slaying occurred just two blocks from the home of a retired AME minister who was beaten with a metal pipe in a home invasion the night of May 3. He remains hospitalized in intensive care.
Then, on May 8, a 17-year-old was shot twice in the head as he sat in the back seat of a car on nearby Wilkes Road. Police, who arrested someone hours later, said that killing was part of a dispute between gangs.
The bloodshed is unsettling to people like Ruth Gold, who lives in the middle-class neighborhood known for its political bent, where many street signs carry biblical names.
“We’re going to have to get out and do something,” Gold said.
“We’re going to have to get some kind of plan in the works. Take back the neighborhood from all this violence.”
A community meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Greenview Park, a meeting that already had been arranged with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Set between North Main Street and Farrow Road, Greenview is home to retired educators and political icons, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn among them.
But residents say the neighborhood is aging. Some of the modest brick homes are turning over to a new generation.
They speak of a recent rash of break-ins and a drug raid down the street about a month ago.
“Because it’s so quiet, they feel like they can fly under the radar,” resident Tamara Perry said.
“I ain’t living in fear,” added Judy Jackson, whose back door was damaged by the gunfire. “I just pray to be protected while I’m here.”
Kisha Hingleton said she was making something to eat when she heard the methodical pop of gunshots. She set the time by the soap opera on TV — “The Young and the Restless.”
“It was probably about 15 or 18 shots. Then there was a pause, like someone was reloading,” Hingleton said. “Then they started shooting again.”
Over on Juniper Street, Gold said she looked out her peephole and immediately called 911. Police — a lot of them — arrived quickly, she said.
Columbia Councilman Sam Davis rushed out of a City Council meeting to go to the scene, saying he wanted to know first-hand what had happened.
“I’m like these folks, just fed up with it,” Davis said.
“It’s important that people know we’re putting in place the structure to deal with this, but it’s going to take everybody’s commitment.”
People living nearby said a couple and their son moved into the home about two years ago, and they sometimes noticed a group of young men hanging out under the carport.
The yard there had been recently mowed. A trio of baskets hung from the eaves of the porch.
Anyone with information about the slaying may call Crimestoppers at (888) CRIMESC.
Reach Hinshaw at (803) 771-8641. Staff writer Lee Higgins contributed to this story.