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18-year-old arrested in connection with shooting that killed Columbia High School student

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Published: Apr. 20, 2022 at 1:31 PM EDT|Updated: May. 2, 2022 at 3:38 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A teen has been arrested in connection with a shooting that killed a 16-year-old and injured two more teens.

Travis Gilmore, Jr., 18, is charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a firearm during a violent crime, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Gilmore, Jr. was arrested Monday by the US Marshals Service’s Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force.

The shooting happened on April 20 at 3245 Lucius Road. CPD found three victims at the scene, a 16, 17 and 18-year-old. The older two were taken to the hospital for treatment. The 16-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

On April 21, the Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford identified the teenager as De’Marion Corbett, 16 of Columbia. He was a student at Columbia High School.

“We will continue working with the Columbia Police Department to fully investigate this homicide.”, Rutherford said.

Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon issued a statement,

“For the second time in less than a week, we are mourning the loss of one of our students. De’Marion Corbett, a junior at Columbia High School, was killed yesterday (April 20). Desmond Wilson, a junior at Lower Richland High School, was killed over the weekend.

Once again, young lives have been tragically cut short by gun violence and we find ourselves asking why and searching for answers not just as a school district, but as a community.

Our Crisis Team has been deployed to provide additional support and counseling to students and staff as needed at Columbia High and Lower Richland High. We ask everyone to keep those school communities and the families of the two students in your thoughts and prayers.”

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The Columbia Police Department announced they’re investigating a shooting at Riverside Apartments in the 3200 block of Lucius Rd. CPD Chief Holbrook said one person was dead and two were injured in the shooting that happened at 12:19 p.m. He said, “Once again we’re going to be talking about the loss of a young person at the hands of somebody with a gun.”

Investigators found one victim deceased at the scene, the other two were transported to area hospitals for treatment. Holbrook said, “It’s disturbing and we are sick of it. We’ve got to have some accountability for people who are unlawfully carrying firearms. We have to put people in jail and they have to stay in jail.”

Deputy Chief Melron Kelly posted an update online, saying all the victims are school-aged and male. CPD confirmed a 16-year-old died in the shooting. The other two victims are 18 and 17-years-old. Their injuries are listed as serious.

Anyone with information about the shooting is being asked to contact their local law enforcement or CrimeStoppers.

WIS News 10 livestreamed CPD’s update from the scene.

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