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Man arrested for allegedly shooting into home, killing man and wounding woman

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A 20-year-old man was charged Wednesday in the Mother’s Day weekend shooting that left a man dead and a woman injured in Columbia.

Charles James Byrd was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime in the May 11 shooting, according to Columbia police. But police said he isn’t the only suspect in the crime. They were still searching for at least one more, police said.

Byrd was arrested early Wednesday morning at 6820 North Main St. when two officers working off-duty security recognized him as a wanted murder suspect, police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said. Police have not said how they identified Byrd as a suspect.

The officers arrested Byrd and waited for back-up to arrive on scene, Timmons said.
Byrd is accused of shooting several rounds into a Cody Street home, killing a man and injuring a woman shortly before 1a.m. on Sunday, Timmons said.

The Richland County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased victim as Marcus Kennedy. Police have not released the name of the wounded woman, but said she is expected to survive.

It’s unclear how many people were inside the home at the time of the shooting. It’s also unclear why the home was targeted. Investigators said they don’t believe the shooting was random, though they have yet to discover the motive.

Byrd was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, Timmons said. But he may not be the only suspect.

Investigators on Wednesday said they are looking at another possible suspect in connection with the shooting, but they have not yet identified that suspect.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call (888) 274-6372, text to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC,” followed by the tip information.

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