Man arrested for shooting of Airman at St. Patrick’s Day event in South Carolina

Arthur Jones Jr. has been charged with Three Counts of Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime. (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

Arthur Jones, Jr., 22, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime for his alleged involvement in a shooting that occurred in South Carolina early Sunday morning.

Airman 1st Class Anfernee Kirkland, a 22-year-old armament technician assigned to the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron was shot one of three of Jone’s victims in Five Points in Columbia.

Police say that Jones was involved in an argument with another person before allegedly shooting multiple times into a large crowd.

Kirkland has been released from the hospital and is recovering at his place of residence.  The other two victims are still believed to be hospitalized with spinal cord injuries. One of the victims is a 23-year-old from Raleigh, NC and a student at St. Augustine’s University.  The other is a 20-year-old from Winnsboro, according to WISTV.

“Anfernee is a vital member of the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron and the Team Shaw family. His health and safety is our top priority and we are doing everything possible to make sure he receives the proper medical care and any other assistance he may need to successfully recover from this senseless act of violence,” said Lt Col. Casey Crabill, 20th EMS commander. “Our team is here to help him through this situation.”

Air Force officials said Kirkland was an innocent victim of the violent crime.

Jones’s bond was set at $3 million on Monday morning. The judge ordered all his firearms to be turned in within 24 hours of being released to the Columbia Police Department and be placed under GPS monitoring.

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