Nine people landed in jail Friday night after two apparently shot at the other seven in the Columbia Mall parking lot in retaliation for an armed robbery at Douglass Park the day before, according to Columbia police.
Police responded to a report of shots being fired on the south side of the Sears store shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday. Witnesses told officers the occupants of a maroon Chevrolet Caprice were firing at a black Suburban, Sgt. Stephen Monticelli said.
The alleged shooters, Jerol Jermaine Lee, 23, and Dietrick Joray Minnis, 25, were arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault. Lee was the victim of the Thursday robbery, Monticelli said.
The alleged robbers, and targets of the shots, were Byron Eugene Anderson, 18; Koda Alshawn Coats, 18; David Terrell McBride, 19; Marlon Dion Jordan, 24; Dajuan Anthony Harris, 21; Maurice Frank Penny Jr., 20; and Jessie James Green Jr., 21. Each was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery; Jordan and Harris were also arrested on suspicion of armed criminal action.
Both vehicles had left the mall by the time police arrived. Police found and stopped the Suburban and then took its seven occupants to the police station to investigate, Monticelli said. About a half-hour later, they stopped the Caprice on Claudell Lane, found the suspected weapon and arrested Lee and Minnis.
Lee, Minnis, McBride, Jordan and Harris remained in Boone County Jail Saturday in lieu of $100,000 bond each. Penny and Green remained in the jail Saturday in lieu of $50,000 each. Anderson and Coats were released from the jail after posting $50,000 bond each.
The investigation is continuing, and more arrests are likely, Monticelli said.