Male Arrested in Gervais Street Shooting Investigation

By January 5, 2020 Press Releases

Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators have arrested a man in connection with an overnight shooting in downtown.

Willie Lee Jones (DOB: 11-22-1986) is housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC) charged with Four Counts of Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on January 5, 2020, Jones is accused of discharging a shotgun in the direction of security staff inside 918 Gervais Street (Social Bar and Lounge). As a result, a 26-year-old male victim was struck in the upper body. At last check, medical staff at a local hospital indicated that his injury appears to be non-life threatening.

A member of management returned fire, striking Jones who was later located at a hospital in a neighboring County. CPD investigators went to the hospital to interview him about the incident and upon his release, filed the criminal charges against him.

During the course of the investigation, CPD investigators determined that initially, security staff asked Jones to leave the incident location near closing time. After being slow to comply, Jones was removed from the business, and soon after, returned with a firearm.

All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.