Arrest Made in Mother's Day Weekend Killing

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia police have arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting over the Mother's Day weekend.

Charles James Byrd Jr., 20, is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Around 1 a.m. on May 11th, officers say Byrd fired several shots inside a home on Cody Street. The gunfire killed a man inside, Marcus Kennedy, and injured a woman.

The woman is expected to survive.

Byrd was spotted Wednesday morning by two off-duty Columbia police officers who recognized him as the suspect, called for backup, and arrested him.

Police say they're working to identify another possible shooting suspect.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.


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