Man charged with shooting at Columbia mall

A man has been arrested and charged in an August shooting death in Columbia.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release that it arrested 23-year-old Taquarie Markee Weathers on September 2 and charged him with murder. Jail records show he is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

At around 9:30 p.m. on August 20, Richland deputies responded to a shooting at 3315 Broad River Road, which is a shopping center that houses a number of businesses, including a Rent-A-Center, Carolina Beauty Supply and others .

Deputies found a man in the parking lot who had been shot, the sheriff’s department said in a statement. The man was unresponsive and deputies attempted to perform CPR on him, the sheriff’s department said. EMS quickly arrived, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff’s department said its investigation led to Weathers and he was arrested on September 2.

The sheriff’s department noted that there have been shootings involving Weathers before, including a 2016 shooting at a swimming pool in the St. Andrews Commons apartment complex. Weathers was charged with six counts of attempted murder in that case and was sentenced to six years in prison, the sheriff’s department said.

Sheriff Leon Lott said he was frustrated that a violent ex-offender was involved in another shooting.

“Here we are again talking about capture and release,” Lott said in a statement. “Another life lost that could have been avoided. Our communities need help and protection from those who refuse to respect human life.

This story was originally published September 7, 2022 2:12 p.m.

Chris Trainor is a retail reporter for The State and has worked for newspapers in South Carolina for more than 18 years, including previous stops at the (Greenwood) Index-Journal and the (Columbia) Free Times. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the South Carolina Press Association, including honors in column writing, government reporting, profile writing, food writing, election coverage, social media, and more.