Photo Gallery | Sheriff: 3 arrested, stolen gun seized after shots fired during festival
Alert deputies on patrol arrested three men after shots were fired during a festival Saturday, according to Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies arrested and charged 17-year-old Erick Stewart with weapons violation/possession of a stolen weapon, 19-year-old Darian Chandler with a traffic violation/driving without a license, and 29-year-old Michael Hall with weapons violation/unlawful carrying of a pistol.
The report said around 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, deputies who were patrolling Anderson and Main Streets heard several gunshots in the vicinity.
When deputies went to check out where the shots were coming from, they observed Chandler, Stewart, and another male jump into a yellow and purple, 2002 Ford Crown Victoria attempting to flee the area.
Officers detained the vehicle and observed a handgun on the floor board, which was later determined to have been stolen out of Clarendon County, the report stated.
Just a few blocks away, deputies on foot patrol at Main and Henry Streets heard the same shots being fired and observed a white, 2006 Ford Crown Victoria at Anderson and McGrath Streets that was involved in the shooting.
Deputies say they were able to determine through information provided by concerned citizens that the suspect opened the trunk of the vehicle, retrieved an assault rifle, and fired shots in the air.
The suspect then placed the weapon back into the trunk and fled the area into the woods on foot.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that information provided by concerned citizens led them to Hall, who was also in the area and in possession of a handgun.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that it is unfortunate that at family functions such as this, we have a few individuals who are determined to ruin events that otherwise should be a great time for all. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department will remain vigilant and aggressive in apprehending those who are determined to break the law. Fortunately no one was hurt as a result of the ignorance and actions of others. This investigation remains active as we continue to search for all participants who may have been involved.
Stewart, Chandler, and Hall were transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.