Arrests made in West Columbia murder
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WACH) - Two gang members have been arrested in connection with the deadly shooting of a West Columbia man, according to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department.
Detectives with the department believe a dispute between 33-year-old Terance Terell Jackson and 21-year-old Xavius Quandile Riley may have been a factor in the shooting that took Jackson's life early Monday morning.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts says Riley was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
According to authorities, Riley reportedly went to the home of 26-year-old Jermele Antawin Eigner of Newberry after the shooting Monday and told Eigner that he shot and killed a man with a handgun that Eigner sold him several weeks before the shooting.
Metts says arrest warrants allege that Riley asked Eigner to dispose of the hangun used to shoot Jackson, and Eigner agreed to do so.
Eigner was arrested Monday night. He is charged with accesory after the fact to murder, Metts said.
Both Riley and Eigner were being held at the Lexington County Detention Center Tuesday while awaiting a bond hearing.
Officials with the department say both men are members of the Fold National criminal street gang.
Metts says Riley, who lives at the Riverbend Drive apartment complex where the shooting occurred Monday morning, is accused of using a handgun to shoot Jackson multiple times in his uper torso. Jackson was parked at the complex in a two-door Buick sedan with a 24-year-old Cheraw woman. The woman was shot in her hip and is expected to recover. Jackson met the woman around one week before the shooting and she had gone to a bar with Jackson Monday.
As of Tuesday afternoon, a bond hearing had not been scheduled for Riley.
Anyone with information about Jackson, Riley, Eigner or the shooting incident is asked to contact the Lexington County Sheriff's Department at 803-785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.