Columbia, SC (WLTX) Two men suspected in shootings in Lower Richland and Columbia were arrested today at a funeral.
Sheriff Leon Lott says that deputies received a tip that several gang members wanted in area shootings would be armed and attending a funeral at Bible Way Baptist church on Atlas road.
Acting on this tip, deputies arrested Issac Watson, 19, and Shamari Jones, 19, as they entered the parking lot of the church and according to Richland County sheriff in an SUV armed with pistols.
Deputies arrested Watson on probation violations and Jones on two counts of unlawful carrying of a pistol.
Deputies determined that Watson and Jones are connected to shooting that occurred on August 2, 2013 in the Candlelite subdivision and also a shooting on July 25 and August 1 of this year in both the Candlelite subdivision and inside the City of Columbia.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that these shooting are connected to gang activities and will not be tolerated by the community or the Sheriff's department. Lott added that the community and the department are at war with the gangs and will win the fight.