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No charges to be filed in fatal Black Pearl Nightclub shooting

Courtesy:Judge, Peoples family

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- Three men will not be facing charges in connection with the fatal Black Pearl shooting that claimed the life of two brothers.

On Dec. 20, deputies responded to a shots fired call at the Black Pearl Nightclub just after 3 a.m. Upon arrival deputies located 23-year-old Trevonne Judge and 26-year-old Torance Peoples who were pronounced dead at the scene.


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Wanted in connection with the fatal shooting are 28-year-old Travontay Myers of Allendale County and 26-year-old Marcus Robinson of Kershaw County.


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Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the incident started inside of the club when a stripper's money went missing.

Myers was accused of stealing the money and an argument occurred. The argument escalated and moved outside where more than 30 shots were fired.

While outside Judge reportedly showed Robinson and Myers that he had a gun which made Robinson go to his vehicle to retrieve his weapon.

Several witnesses told investigators that the shooting occurred simultaneously by both sides with multiple shots being fired. While on the scene deputies were able to locate guns on the two who died.

Robinson also suffered multiple gunshot wounds before he fled the area. He was later located at a Charlotte Hospital where he was being treated for his gunshot wounds.

Further investigation led to the arrest 23-year-old Jumanne Evins. He was charged with larceny as investigators determined he was the person responsible for stealing the dancer's money which set of the chain of events.


Sheriff Leon Lott stated that all the evidence was presented to the 5th Circuit Solicitors Office who determined that no charges would be filed at the time.

The Sheriff is asking that anyone who has not come forward previously to do so; Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators are seeking additional information about this incident, you can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

The brothers were shot the night that Peoples was celebrating his birthday.

Following the shooting, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said a stop work order was issued by Richland County Zoning, forcing the club permanently lock its doors.

Sheriff Lott stated during a press conference that the club was in violation of a county ordinance which prohibits the operation of a sexually oriented business without a proper license.

Lott said the club operated illegally, without a business license and received more than 30 complaints. Read more on the clubs closing below.

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