Suspect, victim identified in fatal Tuesday night shooting

Christopher Demetric Robinson (Source: Columbia Police Department)
Christopher Demetric Robinson (Source: Columbia Police Department)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia police have identified as suspect wanted in connection with a fatal shooting on Ervin Street on Tuesday night.

CPD officials say they're looking for 35-year-old Christopher Demetric Robinson on charges of murder and weapons possession.

Police investigators say the shooting happened on the 2300 block of Ervin Street following an argument between Robinson and the male victim.

The victim was identified by the Richland County Coroner Gary Watts as 29-year-old Kenny Court.

Robinson, according to police, shot the victim several times and fled the scene with an unidentified female toward Center Street.

Court died of complications from those wounds at the hospital, Watts said.

An officer was flagged down moments after the shooting and found several people rendering aid to Court.

One witness says Court collapsed in front of his home after the shooting.

"I heard about seven shots," Arthur Dukes said. "I was in the house in the kitchen and I heard about seven shots. By the time we figured out what it was, my sister went to the window and told us somebody was laying on the ground."

Officers say they are currently interviewing potential witnesses to uncover more information from the shooting. Investigators believe Court and Robinson knew each other and that the shooting was not a random act.

"This deadly shooting happened at a time when communities celebrated National Night Out," said Police Chief Skip Holbrook in a news release. "This crime should serve as a reminder why violence won't be tolerated. Residents provided information to Investigators because they want criminals to be held accountable for their actions."

Robinson has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1996. He has been arrested on various charges including armed robbery, assault, DUI, kidnapping, criminal domestic violence, and drugs possession.

Citizens with any information regarding this deadly shooting are urged to call the Columbia Police Department or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC (1-888-274-6372).

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