Columbia Police Chief W.H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook announces that CPD officers are investigating the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old male.
The incident happened at the 2100 block of Slighs Avenue at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019.
Initially, CPD officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert and discovered that a vehicle crashed into a tree with a male driver suffering from significant injuries.
After requesting EMS, responding officers realized that the victim appeared to have been shot. EMS pronounced him deceased on the scene.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has identified the victim as 15-year-old Jalen Qadir Islam. According to an autopsy conducted today, Islam died from a gunshot wound to the torso.
At the time of the incident, Islam was operating a vehicle that was reported as stolen from Florence, South Carolina. The vehicle was seized by officers for processing. Crime scene investigators also collected ballistic evidence from the incident location.
Citizens with information about the incident are encouraged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways:
CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.
LOG onto: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.
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