Crime

Teen Brothers Responsible for Multiple Shootings In Columbia Arrested

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announces the arrest of two teenage brothers who have a lengthy history of gun violence.

On November 24, 2021, deputies responded to the scene of a shooting at Cambout Street and Longcreek Drive where two people were shot outside of a convenience store. One man was shot in the lower body while standing outside. A woman and child were in the parking lot in a vehicle and the woman was hit. They were both transported to a local hospital for treatment and survived. Surveillance footage obtained from the area and an extensive investigation revealed that a pair of juvenile brothers were the shooters.

Over the course of the investigation, firearms were recovered from the 15 and 17-year-olds, who remain unable to legally obtain or possess firearms. The firearms were processed by RCSD and were linked to three other shooting cases in Richland County.

The teen brothers have been charged with 3 counts of Attempted Murder, Unlawful Carry and Possession of a Pistol Under 18. They were booked into the juvenile wing of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

This was not the first time the brothers were arrested in connection with a shooting. They were initially charged by RCSD in June 2021 in a case that was previously released. The case included the arrest of the teens’ younger brother at just 13 years old; and the arrest of an adult for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

On June 15, 2021, deputies responded to reports of gunshots at 1340 North Brickyard Road in Columbia. It was found that an altercation occurred at the pool and continued into the parking lot. Gun shots were fired at the victim who was not injured but a vehicle and building were struck by bullets.

During the investigation it was discovered that three teen brothers (aged 13, 15 and 17) were involved in the incident and had weapons. All three were charged with Possession of a Firearm Under 18 and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. It is alleged that the 15-year-old was the shooter and he was additionally charged with Attempted Murder.

All three brothers were all booked at the juvenile wing of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and later released to the custody of a parent. The 15-year-old was sentenced to probation for his involvement in the June shooting.

Valerie McFadden (DOB: 04/01/1988) was also charged in connection to the June incident. She was charged June 29 with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and was booked at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

“These brothers are connected to the shootings we have seen in the Broad River Road area recently,” Sheriff Lott said. “They have proven that they will not hesitate to pull the trigger. The only way to keep our citizens safe is for them to remain incarcerated.”

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