The police have arrested a man implicated in the shooting of 14 people in a South Carolina mall who has been released on only $25,000 bail. Jewayne Price had been arrested in 2018 in the death of Amon Rice will have to wear an ankle bracelet and will be allowed to go to work. And why not, just because he may have aided in the shooting of 14 people does not mean he is a dangerous kind of guy, right?
Police do not believe the shooting was random. They think that the principals knew each other prior to the shooting. They are not sure what led to the shooting.
Daniel Johnson, who was at the mall with his family at the time of the shooting, described the incident:
“You could see baby strollers turned over, people’s phones, and left keys. It was a hectic situation.”
The Columbia Police Department (CPD) confirmed that around 2:03 p.m. they were called to the scene of a shooting inside of Columbiana Centre. Police announced the arrest of Jewayne M. Price as a suspect.
Price is currently charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol. CPD said additional charges may be coming. Two additional men were detained as persons of interest but were released after investigators found they were not involved.
During the bond hearing for Price on Sunday afternoon, the Columbia Police Department updated the injury tally to 14 people. Ten of those people suffered from gunshot wounds and four were injured when rushing from the mall (up from two people injured in the rush that was reported Saturday).
Investigators believe at least three suspects displayed weapons during the shooting and that at least two were fired. One of the firearms was collected as evidence. CPD said the shooting is likely an isolated and ongoing conflict between the suspects.
How is it possible for people who were at the Capitol, but never entered can be held in solitary confinement for over a year without bail, but someone being held in the shooting of 14 people can get out with just $25,000 in bail? That is utterly ridiculous.