COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Columbia Police say an 18-year-old woman shot in Columbia's Five Points district was an innocent bystander.
Investigators said 20-year-old Michael Smith was arrested shortly after the shooting around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Police say Smith and another man, Ryan Ellison were arguing when Smith fired his gun. Police say Smith missed his target, but hit the woman who was in front of a pizza restaurant with a group of friends. Smith tried to run from the scene but was apprehended on Harden Street and police found the gun they believe was used in the crime. They also studied the surveillance camera footage which shows smith commiting the crime.
Smith was denied bond Monday morning and according to his arest record he's no stranger to crime.
A spokesperson for the South Carolina Department of Corrections says Smith was in prison for a violation of probation in April of last year.
Smith was admitted under the Youthful Offender Act program and served ten monthsin prison.
he was released in February and was immediately put in our Intensive Supervision program, part of the Youthful Offender Parole and Reentry Services program.The shooting happened in an area popular with college students, because of it's proximity to the University of South Carolina's campus.
The victim has not been identified, and remains in the hospital in critical condition. Smith is being held in jail without bond.
USC President Harris Pastides issued the following statement:
â??I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn that a random act of gun violence has harmed one of our students in the Five Points area early this morning. The university is working closely with our student and her family to provide all available resources. On behalf of the entire Carolina family, Patricia and I offer our thoughts and prayers for healing and recovery and for the safety and well-being of all of our students.â??