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Arrest made in deadly shooting at boarding house

(Source: Chad Mills) (Source: Chad Mills)
(Source: Chad Mills) (Source: Chad Mills)
Joseph Jacob Minson (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Joseph Jacob Minson (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

Columbia Police made an arrest in connection with a deadly shooting at a boarding house Saturday.

Police responded to the home in the 1300 block of Pine Street near downtown and found a man, later identified as 44-year-old Jerry Wilson, with a gunshot wound around 4:30 p.m., Jennifer Timmons with the Columbia Police Department said.

Wilson was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the head, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Monday. 

On Sunday, Timmons said Joseph Jacob Minson, 58, was arrested and charged with murder.

The property manager of the boarding house said Wilson was shot on the back porch and both the victim and suspect were residents of the home.

"No one deserved this," said neighbor Dottie Hall. "We don't want this to happen. We need to get this out of our neighborhood and make it more quiet."

Hall and Bessie Summers said they saw the violence coming and the pair of boarding homes is a black-eye on a nice neighborhood.

"Lately, it has been a disturbance down on the corner," Hall said. "Sometimes going out, I hear fussing down there, and a couple times, I have seen police down there."

Hall said she hopes to address the boarding homes in an upcoming neighborhood meeting so violence like Saturday's shooting never happens again.

Timmons said witnesses told police that they heard Minson and Wilson arguing moments before the shooting.

Minson was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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