COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – Richland County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man on gun charges after they say was involved in a shooting at Capital City Cycles on March 11.
Sheriff Leon Lott says Corey Booth was the victim of assault by mob when several men piled on top of him during a gang brawl and he was ultimately stabbed.
According to Lott, Booth fired his gun, striking someone affiliated with his own gang in the lower body and two other men from the opposing gang in the upper body in an attempt to defend himself.
Lott says Booth was unlawfully in possession of the gun and has been charged with unlawful possession of a pistol.
Booth is currently detained at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center after being transferred Friday morning from Lexington County on unrelated charges.
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According to police, Booth was pushed to the ground and began firing his weapon as the other men jumped on top of him.
The man on top of the pile, Charles Lilly, of Beech Island, was struck in the head several times by a man with a cane. According to police, James Hill was the man wielding that cane.
Authorities say Lilley died as a result of being struck in the head. Hill has been charged with murder and assault by a mob in the first degree.
Officials say they believe that Hill and Lilly are affiliated with the same gang.
During the brawl, police say when Booth fired his gun, he struck someone affiliated with his own gang, Nathan Hatch, in the lower body and two other men.
According to police, Kristopher Wheat was involved in the assault of Booth, who was beaten and stabbed. Wheat was charged with obstruction of justice, assault by a mob, and unlawful possession of a pistol.