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Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives arrested two gang members in connection with the killing of a 33-year-old West Columbia man, who was fatally shot on Monday while he was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car that was parked at an apartment complex on Riverbend Drive.
Deputies arrested 21-year-old Xavius Quandile Riley of West Columbia and 26-year-old Jermele Antawin Eigner of Newberry in connection with the killing of 33-year-old Terance Terell Jackson of West Columbia.
Deputies say Riley and Eigner each are members of the Folk Nation criminal street gang.
According to Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts, on Tuesday, July 17 detectives arrested Riley of 100 Riverbend Drive, Apartment D-1, West Columbia, on arrest warrants on charges of murder and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Riley lives at the West Vista Apartments complex, where the fatal shooting occurred.
Riley was being held on Tuesday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing, Metts said. Under South Carolina law, a circuit judge would have to conduct a bond hearing for Riley in general sessions court because murder carries a punishment of life in prison. The 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office has not yet scheduled a bond hearing for Riley.
On Monday night, detectives arrested Eigner, 52 Electric Avenue, Newberry, on an arrest warrant on a charge of accessory after the fact to murder, Metts said.
Eigner was being held on Tuesday at the county Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.
Deputies say an arrest warrant alleges around 2 a.m. on Monday Riley used a handgun to shoot Jackson multiple times in his upper torso.
Jackson died as a result of the gunshot wounds.
According to Metts, Riley and Jackson were involved in a dispute that occurred about one week ago. It appears that the fatal shooting might be related to the dispute involving Riley and Jackson. Detectives are continuing to investigate the nature and circumstances of the dispute involving Riley and Jackson.
Riley also shot a 24-year-old Cheraw woman who was sitting in the front passenger’s seat of a red, two-door Buick sedan that Jackson parked at the Riverbend Drive apartment complex, the report stated. The woman suffered one gunshot wound in her hip.
Metts says the woman is continuing to undergo medical treatment at a hospital, and she is expected to recover from the gunshot wound.
An arrest warrant alleges that Riley went to Eigner’s home in Newberry after the shooting on Monday morning and told Eigner that he had fatally shot a man with a handgun that Eigner sold to Riley several weeks ago, Metts said. Riley asked Eigner to dispose of the handgun that Riley used to fatally shoot Jackson, and Eigner agreed to do so.
Metts asked anyone with information about Jackson, Riley, Eigner or the fatal shooting of Jackson to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.