Columbia Police Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook announces the arrest of a 15-year-old male charged in connection with a fatal shooting in August.
The juvenile was arrested by CPD investigators this afternoon in connection with the August 12, 2019 shooting death of 15-year-old Jalen Qadir Islam at the 2100 block of Slighs Avenue. An autopsy conducted by the Richland County Coroner’s Office over the summer indicated that Islam died from a gunshot wound to the torso.
The juvenile is charged with Murder and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime. CPD investigators have petitioned the teen to family court. A hearing with CPD and the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office will determine if the juvenile will be tried as an adult. The suspect is currently housed in the juvenile section at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. (ASGDC)
CPD investigators believe that the suspect and victim were acquaintances and that Islam was fatally shot after an argument.
All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.