Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators have made two arrests in connection with the death of a 22-year-old man who was shot on Colleton Street yesterday afternoon.
According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, Jaquan Ashford died as a result of being shot in the upper body. Ashford was pronounced deceased by medical staff at a local hospital shortly after the incident.
Two people have been arrested in connection with Ashford’s death – Marquise Randolph (DOB:5-28-1999) is charged with Murder, Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime, and Possession of a Weapon by a Person Convicted of a Violent Crime. Randolph will appear in General Sessions Court on his current charges at a later date.
On January 13, 2020, eight days before the Colleton Street shooting incident, Randolph received a $10,000 surety bond in connection with an armed robbery and weapons investigation by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Geraldine Manigault (DOB: 2-12-1976) is charged with Accessory after the Fact of Murder. In court today, a judge set Manigault’s bond at $200,000.
Both suspects are housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC).
Recap of the Incident:
Shortly before 5:00 p.m. yesterday, CPD officers responded to 901 Colleton Street (Gable Oaks Apartments) for a reported shooting. When officers arrived on scene, they found Ashford outside of the apartment complex with an apparent gunshot injury.
An officer rendered medical first aid to the victim until EMS arrived. While searching the crime scene, officers recovered and seized ballistic evidence. Several vehicles were damaged during the shooting. No other injuries were reported.
A vehicle was seen speeding away from the crime scene shortly after the shooting. Within minutes, an officer found the vehicle at the 800 block of Chester Street, initiated a traffic stop and waited for additional officers for assistance. During the traffic stop, Randolph is accused of running away from officers but was soon found at 501 Elmwood Avenue and arrested.
Both Randolph and Manigault were brought to CPD Headquarters to be interviewed by investigators. At this time, it’s believed that the shooting death is an isolated drug-related incident.
All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.