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Suspect in South Carolina Mass Shooting Could Go Back to Work Under Bond Conditions

Suspect in South Carolina Mass Shooting Could Go Back to Work Under Bond Conditions

Nine are injured at restaurant after 14 were hurt during shoot-out at mall. An arrest has been made in mall incident.

As Sacramento, California, recovers from last weekend’s mass shooting incident in the downtown area, South Carolina has been hit by two separate mass shooting incidents within 24 hours.

At least nine people were wounded in a shooting at a restaurant in South Carolina on Sunday — the second mass shooting in the Palmetto State in as many days.

The shooting occurred Sunday morning at Cara’s Lounge Furman in rural Hampton County, about 50 miles northwest of Savannah, according to the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, WTLX reported.

No deaths have been reported at this time, cops confirmed.

It’s not immediately clear what led to the shooting. Law enforcement has not released any further information.

The shooting is the second mass shooting over Easter Weekend. On Saturday, 14 people were injured after two shooters opened fire at the Columbiana Centre mall in Columbia.

Police have arrested a suspect in the mall shooting.

Police have arrested a suspect in the “horrific” mass shooting at a South Carolina shopping mall that injured 14 and sent panicked customers fleeing for their lives, according to authorities.

Columbia Police Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook revealed late Saturday that Jewayne M. Price — a 22-year-old who was one of three people initially detained by law enforcement — has been arrested in the Easter weekend violence.

He was charged with the unlawful carrying of a pistol, the police department announced on Twitter on Sunday morning. He may be slapped with more charges, the Columbia Police Department added in a press release.

The Columbia Police Department (CPD) report indicates that the mall incident was likely the result of an “ongoing conflict.”

Jewayne M. Price who was initially detained by law enforcement as a person of interest remains in police custody. Price will be charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol. CPD is in consultation with the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office; additional charges may be forthcoming. Two additional males who were also detained for questioning have been released from police custody after it was determined that they were not involved in the shooting.

After speaking with witnesses and reviewing surveillance video, CPD investigators believe that at least three suspects displayed firearms inside the mall. CPD is working to determine how many suspects discharged firearms, thus injuring multiple people.

CPD investigators have seized one firearm related to the incident. Preliminary examination of ballistic evidence collected from the scene indicates that at least two different firearms were used by two suspects.

It is believed that the shooting was an isolated incident between the suspects and likely stemmed from an on-going conflict.

The judge has set bail….and Price can go to work with a leg monitor.

A South Carolina judge set a $25,000 bond for a suspect in a mall shooting on Saturday that left 14 people injured, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Jewayne Price, 22, will be on house arrest but allowed to travel to and from work while wearing an ankle monitor if he posts bond.

The restaurant incident occurred during an “Easter Bash” that featured exotic dancers.

The nine victims were shot at Cara’s Lounge in the small town of Furman.

The shooting happened while the venue hosted an ‘Easter Bash’ featuring exotic dancers and live music, according to an event flier posted on Facebook.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is leading the investigation. There are no reported fatalities.

…There have been no reported fatalities in Sunday’s shooting in Furman, which has a population of 224 people. The closest city is Savannah, Georgia, about 46 mi away.

A flier for the event promoted the ‘litty’ bash, which required masks, as a party with exotic dancers and a DJ. It said the party started at 9pm but did not specify an end time.

Here is an image of the flier for the “bash,” which I am sure was the scene of solemn reflection on the Resurrection of Christ.

I wonder how quickly these stories will be buried by the media, as neither incident supports the media’s preferred narrative on mass shootings and those who do them.

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Because nothing celebrates Easter better than “exotic” dancers.

Yeesh.

Another black dude going on a murderous Rampage. Won’t be in the news for another day.

And what’s with the judge giving this guy back plus allowing him to go back to work. What? This is nonsense.

    taurus the judge in reply to chrisboltssr. | April 18, 2022 at 11:15 am

    As near as I can tell based on the media and talking to people in close proximity to this incident.

    This is merely a pick up charge ( something to get an arrest quickly- thus “unlawful carry”) while the primary investigation is ongoing and multiple suspects are being looked at.

    I would expect additional charges are forthcoming and then this “deal” will be withdrawn.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to taurus the judge. | April 18, 2022 at 3:21 pm

      I would expect additional charges are forthcoming and then this “deal” will be withdrawn.

      And I would seriously expect that when more serious charges are brought forth and this “deal” withdrawn this black guy will be nowhere to be found due to an “accidental” malfunction of his ankle bracelet that he’s required to wear and none of his friends or relatives will know where he is (wink, wink). And that will be the end of it.

        taurus the judge in reply to Lucifer Morningstar. | April 18, 2022 at 3:48 pm

        Granted that’s possible but it happens more on TV than in real life.

        Just going on a hunch here but given this guy turned himself in and given both the light charge and bond- he will most likely show up.

        There’s not enough information out there at the moment to assess his true guilt/innocence/level of involvement but I don’t see them treating him like a prime suspect.

        However, the fact he was carrying ( without a CWP) and engaged ( or was engaged and acted in defense) in the act tells me he does have a level of involvement beyond that of a random bystander.

          I think the one report I saw said that he was the target of the crime. That triggers the self-defense claim and makes him “beyond a random bystander.”

    Peabody in reply to chrisboltssr. | April 18, 2022 at 11:52 am

    “…allowing him to go back to work.”

    Yeah, because all back guys that shoot up malls have jobs.

      henrybowman in reply to Peabody. | April 18, 2022 at 2:54 pm

      And, unlike white folks, they apparently keep those jobs because their bosses are cool having them come back to work after they have shot up a mall, injuring 14 people.

      It’s not like they were highly-credentialed educators misgendering students or anything.

      GWB in reply to Peabody. | April 18, 2022 at 3:50 pm

      You might want to back off the prejudice a bit in this case. Other reporting has him shooting in self-defense, and not being a “felon in possession”.

      Peabody in reply to Peabody. | April 18, 2022 at 6:46 pm

      Jewayne Price is back in police custody. He is being charged with attempted murder and nine counts of aggravated assault and battery, police said Monday during a news conference. He is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center.

        OrangeCat in reply to Peabody. | April 19, 2022 at 1:31 am

        Which is especially sad as he was just getting his life together after somehow falling in with the wrong crowd.

        taurus the judge in reply to Peabody. | April 19, 2022 at 5:33 am

        I knew something didn’t sound right with that charge initially and suspected there was more known by LE.

        Price may in fact be the lesser party (maybe even the intended victim) but has culpable responsibility here.

      Milhouse in reply to Peabody. | April 19, 2022 at 11:55 am

      The fact that this black guy has a job automatically makes it less likely that he did shoot up a mall. So far I have seen nothing to make me doubt his version of events.

      Note that the only charge against him is carrying without a permit, which wouldn’t even be a charge if SC had constitutional carry.

        taurus the judge in reply to Milhouse. | April 19, 2022 at 12:17 pm

        Milhouse, you need to now do an update. He too has now been charged with attempted murder and like 9 counts of A/B as of late yesterday.

          OK, and in due course we’ll see what the evidence is. If any. My point remains, that Peabody’s generalization about black guys who shoot up malls not generally having jobs is not on point, since it’s already established that this black guy, whether he shot up a mall or not, does have a job. If anything, Peabody’s generalization argues in favor of this black guy’s not having shot up the mall.

    I think you might be taking this one without a required grain of salt.
    Other reporting has said he is claiming self-defense, and claiming there is evidence for that claim. His illegal gun charge is based on his carrying it, not on his having it,

    That is “what’s up” with the judge letting him bail out to home arrest.

    Don’t assume based on what the guy looks like.

I had the race confirmed at “Jewayne”

What is wrong with SC? How can this guy get out on bond and go to work? And if this is gang-related isn’t he now endangering his co-workers for possible retaliation?

    They only charged him with illegal possession of a gun. For that crime, the bail might even be a little high.

    Hopefully, as soon as ballistics can match his gun to a bullet pulled out of one of the victims, they’ll pick him up again for attempted murder and a whole slew of other things. And hopefully, that will happen fast.

    Because, yeah, this seems like a case where the community would be safer if the suspect was behind bars.

      taurus the judge in reply to irv. | April 18, 2022 at 11:48 am

      unlawful carry- not illegal possession

      that’s a distinction with a big difference

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to irv. | April 18, 2022 at 3:30 pm

      Bullshite. Once they link the bullet up with the gun they’ll go looking for this guy. But he won’t be found anywhere due to an unfortunate “malfunction” of his required ankle bracelet monitor And his friends & relatives won’t have any idea where he is (wink, wink) and that will be it. In a week or two he’ll be back page news (if that) and never found. Guaranteed.

taurus the judge | April 18, 2022 at 11:23 am

Relax, its not uncommon when dealing with a complex case ( more than one criminal or crime involved) to go for the quick arrest to get the ball moving ( and sometimes get additional information and leverage). Its also done for flight risks.

Remember, there’s a limited amount of time a suspect can be held.

The most likely scenario is the LE know who the shooters are but have to build a case before the arrest- this guy just got caught first.

This suspect turned himself in, owns his gun legally, and claims he fired in self-defense. I will wait to see how the facts develop before I pass judgement. In the meantime, bond is appropriate.

    taurus the judge in reply to Flatworm. | April 18, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Yeah, I wasn’t going into all that detail but apparently the LE isn’t fully buying his self defense account (he wouldn’t be charged if they did fully believe it)

    That does not mean however that he is not innocent of the crime and in fact did fire in self defense- it just means they did ID him as a contributor ( a shooter) but not sure of his exact role yet.

    Under that criteria, his current bond is appropriate as you stated.

      healthguyfsu in reply to taurus the judge. | April 18, 2022 at 12:11 pm

      I actually read further and it says he was only charged because he didn’t have a CWP.

      I too am skeptical of the self defense. However, he was in a public place where he has the right to be and he can likely be found not guilty if he didn’t fire first.

      Don’t bring your gang/petty feud drama to public places though. I imagine he will be told to stay home from work, but he was permitted under law to go to work. I think that means he can’t be fired if they tell him to stay home for the safety of others (although if he’s only been working 30 days or less then it is easier to fire him usually).

        taurus the judge in reply to healthguyfsu. | April 18, 2022 at 12:21 pm

        That is the charge when one doesn’t have a CWP in SC but otherwise everything is legal.

        The state has no legal authority to tell someone they cant work ( that opens a “ward of the state” issue and a whole legal can of worms regarding his civil rights, insurance and all kinds of stuff) except in the cases I listed earlier where a bond or something special is involved in the job. ( even then they could “work” but just not in the specific area)

        Reading between the lines here from experience in SC, They clearly don’t have the evidence (in hand yet) that he is part of the criminal part of the shooting of he would be incarcerated but they must suspect he is more than just a bystander who happened to be there.

        Again, not to prejudge or impugn guilt- as of right now there is no charge of the shooting against him and I have to believe if they thought he was key, he could be held under suspicion. He might be innocent of the event.

E Howard Hunt | April 18, 2022 at 11:32 am

It doesn’t help that I must rely on stupid first names and incidental photos to determine the race. When a contributing writer to this blog is as timid as a NYT columnist all is lost.

It appears that Easter has gone from contemplating Calvary to calling in the cavalry.

    CommoChief in reply to E Howard Hunt. | April 18, 2022 at 11:57 am

    The correct use of Calvary v Cavalry was drummed into my head by a HS history teacher by stating that ‘Christ died at Calvary while Custer’s Cavalry died at Little Big Horn’.

    AnAdultInDiapers in reply to E Howard Hunt. | April 18, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    It doesn’t help that some people insist on knowing the race.

    I recognise that the media will generally withhold some races and not others, but frankly the suspect is a suspect whatever the colour of their skin.

    People of all skin colours and nationalities and ancestries commit crime. It’s why the rule of law has existed in every civilisation for the last three and a half millenia.

I’m still struggling with the ‘can go back to work’ idea. A family to support? His co-workers no doubt will be delighted.

    taurus the judge in reply to Whitewall. | April 18, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    That’s more of “yellow journalism” and click bait than anything else.

    In short, conditional bonding ( depending on the charge and applicable state law) has all kinds of caveats and conditions as to what you can and cant do and where you can and cant go, be around etc.

    Unless one has a position of public trust, carries a bond ( professional position), has to carry a weapon or similar for employment- its almost a given that a conditional release is allowed to work.

    That was added just to sensationalize the story and has no merit on its own.

“It was unprovoked by him. He called the police, turned himself in, turned over the firearm that was used in this, and gave a statement to the Columbia Police Department,”

Now, he’s out on bail with an ankle monitor. Good thing his last name isn’t Rittenhouse.

    taurus the judge in reply to LB1901. | April 18, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Yeah but that’s not the whole story just based on him being charged.

    Unlawful carry is a discretionary charge in many states. ( you cant chill a right to self defense or possession by restricting other rights- its like “burglary tools”, there is no “list” but anything used to break and enter is a “burglary tool”).

    In most cases, if everything was hunky dory, he wouldn’t be charged with anything ( and SC is a castle law and stand your ground state)

    The fact he was charged means they don’t fully buy it but clearly don’t have the evidence ( yet) to refute it or to support a higher charge.

Does anyone else notice that whenever an administration starts talking about the “need” for more gun laws, the incidence of gun violence ramps up? And then, of course, the increased gun violence is used as justification for more gun laws.

Asking for a friend.

One other thing on the mall shooting:
The fact they have not charged the one guy with gun crimes tells me he was not in possession of that little doohickey that turns a Glock into a machine gun.
But, given the number of wounded, I have to wonder if the other guy did. It does not lend itself to controlled gunfire.

Having said that, it is entirely possible everyone involved are simply very bad shots.

    LibraryGryffon in reply to GWB. | April 18, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised at everyone just being really bad shooters. I seem to recall an incident some time back where NYC police managed to shoot and injure multiple bystanders without hitting their intended target once.

      henrybowman in reply to LibraryGryffon. | April 19, 2022 at 12:55 am

      NYC cops are notorious. Just notorious.

      The following is a table published in the March 1995 issue of Police magazine.
      ***********************************************************************
      “Bulls” Eye

      Here’s a look at every bullet fired last year by New York City cops, as
      reported in the police department’s 1993 Firearms Discharge Assault Report:

      TARGETS SHOTS FIRED HITS
      At perpetrators 928 173
      At dogs 155 111
      Accidental discharges 43 17
      To protect other officer 18 10
      Police officer intoxicated 10 0
      Suicide 8 8
      Into locker 6 0
      At vehicle 5 0
      At girlfriend 3 3
      Attempting suicide 3 2
      Threatening suicide 1 0
      At wife 1 1
      At beer can 1 0

Yeah, the actual facts coming out from the shooting are extremely thin, leading me to believe the police are still pursuing the aggressors in this incident, with Mr. Price being the aggress-ee. As in all shooting cases, it will be at least a week before a general idea of what happened leaks out accurately, with a great number of wild misconceptions running wild for clickbait until then.

In short, if the police had any kind of real case of ‘starting the fight’ for Mr. Price, the prosecution would certainly have fought to keep him off the streets. I mean SC is not CA.

taurus the judge | April 19, 2022 at 5:26 am

The plot thickens so I have been informed.

It seems this was the result of an ongoing issue with a possible confrontation likely ( which is why Price was carrying)- seems LE was aware of this but didn’t have all the information over the weekend.

So he was not a random innocent victim even if he is the “lesser” responsible ( maybe he didn’t provoke or start the incident) which is why he is also charged.

This explains why he lawyered up immediately and got let out with such a low bail initially.

He “may” even yet prevail on the self defense depending on the total specifics of the encounter. His own reckless actions will also likely be used against him in separate actions even if the base incident is deemed self defense. ( cant shoot recklessly into a crowd)

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