A 19-year-old man was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing the driver of the vehicle he was in over the weekend in Columbia. But police said the gun was meant to be pointed at someone else.
Nicholas Reed Moses was charged with involuntary manslaughter and unlawful carrying of a pistol, the Columbia police department said Monday in a news release.
The victim has been identified as Shamoray Antonio Robinson, 18, of Brighton Hill Road in Columbia, according to the Richland County Coroner’s Office. The teen died at the scene, officials said.
The shooting happened around 1 a.m. Sunday in the 7400 block of Garners Ferry Road, police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said.
Investigators said the suspect and victim along with several others attended a party before the shooting. During the party, an argument between Moses and an unidentified third party occurred, Timmons said. It’s unclear what the argument was about.
As a result of the argument, the Richland County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene, shut down the party and dispersed the attendees, Timmons said. The victim drove the suspect and others from the party, she said.
While they were traveling along Garners Ferry Road, the unidentified third party pulled alongside the victim's vehicle and began arguing again with Moses, Timmons said. During this second argument, Moses allegedly pulled out a firearm causing it to discharge, unintentionally striking the driver of the vehicle, she said.
Within minutes officers arrived to find the victim unresponsive in the roadway beside his vehicle at 7424 Garners Ferry Road, Timmons said. EMS pronounced Robinson dead at the scene, she said.
Moses was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Office assisted police in the case. Police have not released any details on how the teen obtained the gun.
“This is another tragic example of the unintended consequences related to gun violence and our youth,” Columbia Police Chief William "Skip" Holbrook said.