Second suspect arrested in shooting that injured two

Monday, July 28, 2014 | 2:52 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A second suspect was arrested in connection with the July 5 shooting on West Worley Street that injured two women.

Tavion R. Jones, 18, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Monday by Columbia Police Department officers, according to a police news release.

Columbia officers spotted a vehicle connected to Jones in north Columbia, near the intersection of Edenton Boulevard and Bodie Drive. They had probable cause to arrest him in connection with the shooting, and after pulling him over, they found a handgun in his waistband, according to the release.

Jones was arrested on two counts of first-degree assault. Police are investigating the status of the handgun, Latisha Stroer, a spokeswoman for the Police Department, said in the statement.

Jamar Burns was previously arrested in connection with the shooting July 12. He has been charged with armed criminal action and two counts of first-degree assault.

The shooting both men are suspected of committing occurred late in the evening of July 5 on the 400 block of West Worley Street. Just after 11:30 p.m., Columbia Police Department responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the area.

When police arrived, they found more than 20 spent shell casings at the scene, along with two unused bullets. Two women at the scene had been shot. One woman, 26, had been struck near her left knee, and she was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The other victim, 17, was grazed by a bullet on her right thigh.

The women told police that they had been walking with two men west on Worley Street toward where it intersects with Alexander Avenue, according to the probable cause statement for Burns. A gray or silver Pontiac passed them while headed in the same direction as the group. It then turned onto Alexander Avenue in front of the women and stopped abruptly. 

A man then exited the car from the passenger side door and started shooting at the four people, according to a probable cause statement. The shooter was described as a heavy set man with long dreadlocks. He was between 6-feet to 6-feet-2-inches tall.

According to the probable cause statement, another man later told Columbia police that Jones and Burns had been at his house before the shooting. The witness said Jones had asked the man to go with them to "shoot up" a house on Worley. The man refused but said he heard "what sounded like 50 shots coming from the direction of Worley" less than a minute after Burns and Jones left.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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