Bond denied for man arrested in suspected gang shootout that wounded child
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A man arrested in a suspected gang shooting that wounded a 4-year-old was denied bond Thursday.
Columbia Police apprehended 21-year-old Marcus Sinclaire Gantt at his home on Lansing Circle Wednesday afternoon.
Gantt is charged with attempted murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He is accused of being involved in a shootout Monday night between two rival gangs at the Colony Apartments.
Police say Gantt shot at a silver Dodge Charger in an attempt to hit the people inside the car.
Officials say Gantt is shown in surveillance footage released to the media that shows a group of three men opening fire on the car just after 8 p.m.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation, but sources tell WIS the shootout was the result of gang violence.
Shanell Ward, her mother, her grandmother, her son, and her daughter, Zahara Walker were at home when one of those bullets ripped through the front door and struck Zahara in the lower back.
Zahara was watching Dora the Explorer when she was hit. When Shanell entered the living room, her daughter told her she had been shot -- something she'd never thought she'd hear her daughter say.
"I'm not saying it's okay to happen to someone else's child, but I never thought it would have been my child," said Shanell. "That I would have to tell the story about. I never would have suspected me to say, 'Baby, you got shot,' or to have to repeat it to someone that my 4-year-old daughter got shot, because she was what, watching cartoons? She was at the wrong place at the wrong time? We were at home at the wrong time? You're supposed to feel safe at home."
Police spokesperson Jennifer Timmons called the incident a "disgusting crime."
"If these two groups had some sort of beef with each other, the people inside were arguing. If they had some kind of disagreement, they just shot an innocent child," said Timmons.
As for the little girl, her mother says a bullet damaged the little girl's liver and stomach. Walker's mother says she is out of the ICU and is breathing on her own. Walker is expected to make a full recovery.
Police are still looking for the Dodge Charger.
Investigators have not released descriptions of any of the other people who may been involved.
If you have any information about this case, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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