Jewayne Price’s lawyer suggests he acted in self-defense

The household of a suspect in the Columbiana Centre Shopping mall taking pictures is talking out, right after they say their liked one particular was pressured to defend himself.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A suspect arrested in connection to a weekend capturing at Columbiana Centre mall that left at the very least 9 shot and five others injured was in bond courtroom Sunday afternoon.

In his initially overall look because getting arrested, Jewayne Cost, 22, defended his actions via his attorney Todd Rutherford just after currently being charged with the illegal carrying of a weapon. Price has not been charged with wounding any person. 

“Men and women that had been threatening him for decades noticed him in the shopping mall, arrived at him, and naturally commenced shooting at him,” Rutherford claimed.

His family, who was at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Middle exactly where the listening to took put, outlined the instant they say the gunfire begun.

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“His sister was doing work when she experienced skipped a FaceTime contact from him,” Cecilia Ivery, Price’s aunt, said. “She referred to as back. He was practically operating and we heard gunshots and he was expressing, ‘They shooting at me. They taking pictures at me.’ “

According to Columbia Law enforcement, the 14 victims array from 15 to 73-yrs-previous.

Individuals who were not shot experienced damaged bones and at least one head personal injury though attempting to flee the scene.

In a Saturday press convention, Police Main Skip Holbrook when compared the hurry of patrons to a “stampede.” So much, the division thinks none of people harmed have been related to the shooting, but ended up bystanders caught in the crossfire.

Price’s lawyer suggests Rate did hearth his weapon in self protection.

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“He owns a gun legally it’s registered to him,” Rutherford reported. “He does not have a Concealed Weapon Allow (CWP). That’s why he was billed with unlawful carrying of a pistol…. What is very clear is that he was not provoking any individual. He was shopping in the mall when he was attacked, and he responded to that assault and he unquestionably has the correct to do that less than South Carolina legislation.”

Selling price was granted a $25 thousand surety bond. He will be expected to use an ankle watch with no contact to these involved.

He also simply cannot go to Columbiana Centre.

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“You got consequences for your steps. We comprehend that. He just acquired illegal carrying of a firearm for the reason that he’s not a CWP provider, but it is good,” Ivery explained. “This was a senseless act exactly where, what, around 12 people today acquired hurt? In which people today ended up out there with their family members for Easter and he was out there trying to get matters for festivities that ended up likely on this weekend that he was going to. It can be all senseless, but at the exact time, you have to protect you…. We deliver our honest sympathy to those that have been hurt, these that were traumatized, those people that ended up trampled, you know, just any type of injury.”

Law enforcement are nonetheless looking for at least two other suspects linked to Saturday’s taking pictures.

They’ve set up a hotline to just take strategies on the scenario. Any one with information should really arrive at out to 803-545-3525.