Crime & Courts

Gang member named ‘Trouble’ sentenced on gun charge for 2014 Columbia shooting

A Columbia gang member prosecutors say shot a person in the face in 2014 was sentenced to six years in prison for a gun charge related to the shooting.

Aaryon Brian Dowdy, 27, who goes by “Trouble,” was sentenced Monday by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Terry Wooten to 75 months in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He will also have three years probation after his release.

Evidence presented at a hearing showed that on Jan. 3, 2014, Dowdy and another person were involved in an altercation inside a convenience store on Farrow Road, prosecutors said in a news release. During the altercation, Dowdy pulled a handgun and shot the victim in the face.

Prosecutors said the incident was captured on surveillance video.

When Dowdy was arrested on Jan. 14, 2014, in Orangeburg, he had a loaded .357-caliber handgun in his possession, according to the release. The investigation revealed it was the handgun used in the Columbia shooting.

Dowdy is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition because of previous state convictions for second-degree burglary and attempted second-degree burglary, prosecutors said. He still faces pending state charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime for the shooting.