COLUMBIA, S.C. — A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed during gun violence Monday morning.
The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. at the 2100 block of Slighs Avenue, off Walker Solomon Way, near CA Johnson High School.
Columbia Police officers were responding to a ShotSpotter alert and discovered a vehicle crashed into a tree with the male driver suffering from significant injuries. The injuries were determined to be gunshot wounds and EMS pronounced the victim, Jalen Qadir Islam, dead at the scene.
According to autopsy results, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts determined Islam died from a gunshot wound to the torso.
The woman who lives in the house right behind the tree said it sounded like gunshots were being fired in her home. She said she counted six.At this time police have not said how many shots were fired.
We spoke with some of his friends today who stopped by to leave a memorial for Jalen. They declined to speak on camera but they said the 15-year-old was an inspiring music producer and they called him Chop-B.
These same friends told us that Islam lived in this neighborhood where the crime occurred.
At the time of the incident, Islam was driving a vehicle that was reported as stolen from Florence, South Carolina. The vehicle was seized by officers for processing. Crime scene investigators also collected ballistic evidence from the incident location.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or submit a tip at www.midlandscrimestoppers.com