Suspect in 5 Points Shooting Denied Bond on Gun Charge
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The suspect accused of shooting a USC student in Columbia's Five Points has been denied bond on a federal gun charge.
Michael Juan Smith, 20, was in court Tuesday morning at the federal courthouse in Columbia. He's accused of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, which is a violation of federal law.
On October 13th, prosecutors say Smith shot 18-year-old Martha Childress in Five Points. Police say Childress was not his intended target, but the stray bullet wound up hitting her.
The shooting left Childress paralyzed. She's currently receiving treatment in Atlanta.
Smith is also facing multiple charges in Richland County in connection with the shooting, including assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a stolen gun.
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