Arrest made in connection with deadly Columbia club shooting

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Published: Feb. 13, 2022 at 5:40 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2022 at 11:09 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - An arrest was made in a shooting at a Columbia club that killed one person.

Antwon Brown, 27, was known to the victim, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. Brown was arrested and charged with murder on February 15.

During the investigation, it was revealed that Brown was recently released from Alvin S. Glenn on bond for several charges and had to wear an ankle monitor. The GPS location of the monitor was confirmed to be in the area at the time the victim was killed, according to Lott.

Deputies say they responded to Vegas Nights at 3722 River Drive at around 3 a.m. on February 13 after receiving reports of a shooting.

Rayjon D. Smith, 26, of Longs, was found outside the nightclub with a gunshot wound to the upper body, according to officials.

EMS responded to the incident and pronounced him dead at the scene. He was identified by the Richland County Coroner’s Office.

“This is a person who served time in prison for robbery, is released and arrested for another robbery, then is released yet again to commit Murder,” Sheriff Lott said. “I’ve been speaking out about the issue with catch and release and this is a prime example of that failing our citizens. Brown was wearing a GPS monitor and it did not stop him from taking a life.”

Brown was booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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