Police: Male suspect dressed as a woman injured in gunfight with store clerk in Columbia

Police: Male suspect dressed as a woman injured in gunfight with store clerk in Columbia

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Georgetown Police Department reports two people will be charged with a crime spree that started with a carjacking in Georgetown and ended in a shootout during an attempted armed robbery in Columbia on Friday.

Police say the pair - identified by police as Nautica Morgan, 22, and Demetrius Lamar Jackson, 29, - stole a 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe outside of a Walgreens on North Fraser Street in Georgetown after 4 p.m. Friday.

Police say a person who appeared to be a woman wearing a wig and puffy coat got in the vehicle with the driver, presented a gun, and demanded the victim to get out of the car. The victim complied and the woman drove off. Witnesses at the scene said a black Nissan Maxima driven by a male dropped the woman off before the carjacking.

Later, a suspect, later identified as Jackson, drove the black Nissan Maxima to a Boost Mobile store, located at 859 Bush River Road in Columbia, around 8 p.m. and attempted to rob the store clerk at gunpoint. Jackson was reportedly dressed as a woman wearing a wig, police said. The clerk pulled out their own handgun when Jackson’s gun malfunctioned and Jackson was shot.

The clerk was a concealed weapons permit holder, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said.

Jackson then drove the Nissan down the street to a Sunoco gas station, where he was picked up by Morgan in the stolen Tahoe. She took Jackson to Richland Memorial Hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the stomach and is in stable condition.

RCSD also said the Nissan Maxima had been reported stolen from Georgia.

Both vehicles have been recovered by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. The pair will be charged with carjacking in Georgetown and their investigation continues.

In Richland County, Jackson will be charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, possession of a firearm during a violent crime, attempted armed robbery, and motor vehicle theft. Morgan has been charged with accessory after the fact for attempted murder, obstruction of justice, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. She is currently detained at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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