COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 22-year-old man who was shot on Colleton Street on Jan. 21.
Officials said Marquise Randolph, 20, has been charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a violent crime. Authorities also confirmed Geraldine Manigault, 43, has been charged with accessory after the fact of murder.
The shooting occurred at Gable Oaks Apartments just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Officers arrived at the apartment complex and found a man outside with a gunshot wound to the upper body.
The victim was identified as Jaquan Ashford. Officials with the Richland County Coroner’s Office said he was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after the shooting.
As investigators were gathering evidence at the scene, they discovered several vehicles were damaged by gunfire. However, no other injuries were reported.
Officials said a vehicle was seen speeding away from the scene shortly after the shooting. Not long after, an officer spotted the vehicle on the 800 block of Chester Street, pulled the driver over, and waited for backup. During the stop, authorities said Randolph ran from officers but was found at 501 Elmwood Avenue and arrested.
Investigators believe the shooting was an isolated drug-related incident.
According to the Columbia Police Department, Randolph was released on bond on Jan. 13 following an armed robbery and weapons investigation by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Randolph will appear in General Sessions Court on his newest charges at a later date. Bond was set for Manigault at $200,000.