Midlands’s law enforcement officials made arrests in the separate August shootings that seriously wounded an 11-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy.
Columbia police and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that police arrested Markelton Tyvon Stephens, 20 and Katherine Lake, 18, and there is also a male juvenile suspect.
Stephens is charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, discharging a firearm into a dwelling and breach of peace of a high and aggravated nature.
Lake is charged with accessory after the fact of a felony. She drove the getaway vehicle one of the incidents.
The underage suspect is a 16-year-old boy. “The juvenile is being charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm, unlawful carry of a pistol and breech of peace of a high and aggravated nature,” Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said Monday.
The charges stem from an Aug. 7 incident where a 13-year-old boy was shot and injured at an apartment complex in Richland County.
Another shooting happened at the same complex two days later on Aug. 9 where an 11-year-old girl was injured when a suspect reportedly fired multiple rounds into a crowd.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said his office will work with Columbia Police to make the region safer. “We’re working on it and we’re going to put a stop to this rampage of shooting we have in our community,” Lott said Monday in joint appearance with Holbrook.
Holbrook praised detective work and forensic science for helping the gang unit arrest.