Gangbanger scum kills two kids


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Sportcat
August 28, 2004, 09:40 AM
:cuss: :banghead: :cuss:

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/9520112.htm

Girl, 12, boy, 16, slain in city

By RICK BRUNDRETT

Staff Writer


A 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy died Friday morning after being shot the night before outside the girl’s north-side Columbia home.

A 19-year-old man was arrested and charged in their slayings.

Courtney Dixon, 12, and Terrence Merchant, 16, were shot in the head, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said. Terrence died at 8:05 a.m. at Palmetto Health Richland; Courtney died about 9:30 a.m., Watts said.

The suspect, Chris Anthony Liverman, who lives nearby in the Bethel Bishop Apartments, has been charged with two counts of murder, police said.

Liverman is a gang member, Police Chief Dean Crisp said, but investigators don’t know whether the shooting was gang-related. He said neither Terrence nor Courtney was affiliated with any gang, and they didn’t appear to be the intended targets, he said.

“It was a very senseless act,” and a motive has not been established, Crisp said Friday afternoon.

An investigation is under way.

The shootings happened about 9:45 p.m. Thursday at the home of Courtney’s family at 110 T.S. Martin Drive, in a new subdivision behind the W.A. Perry Middle School in the Edgewood community. Terrence lived on English Avenue, behind Courtney’s home.

Tynisha Robinson, 19, said she and several other teens were talking with Courtney and Terrence at Courtney’s home when shots were fired at the house on two separate occasions Thursday night.

The first time, several shots hit the home while they were on the front porch, but no one was injured, Robinson said.

She said she ran into the house. She said she heard the second round of shots a short time later, ran outside and saw Courtney and Terrence falling to the ground several feet away.

“It was too late for them to run,” Robinson said, pointing to the blood-stained spots where the youths were shot.

Robinson said the shots came from a group of teenagers who were standing in the street nearby, but she didn’t see the shooter because it was dark.

Columbia police spokesman Skot Garrick could not confirm Robinson’s account. He said investigators were still interviewing witnesses.

Crisp said as many as 10 shots were fired; at least four bullet holes could be seen in the front of the house.

A 12-year-old friend of Courtney’s said she heard the gunshots, loud screaming and police sirens Thursday night. Friday morning, she learned Courtney was dead.

“It got me so scared, I don’t want to go out the door,” she said.

Under S.C. law, Liverman could face the death penalty if convicted. He was convicted last year of grand larceny over $5,000 and was placed on probation, and was arrested this year on a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, State Law Enforcement Division records show.

Liverman was arrested shortly after the shooting, when officers spotted him coming out of a wooded area in the 300 block of Calk Street, near the scene of the shootings, police said.

Crisp said investigators believe Liverman was the shooter, though the chief didn’t know whether the murder weapon — reportedly a handgun — had been recovered.

Liverman was in a vehicle in area of the shootings, looking for an unknown individual, and later returned with the others on foot, Crisp said. He was with three or four other people at the time.

A member of the Chicago-based Folk Nation gang, whose colors are black and whose symbols include the Star of David and a pitchfork, Liverman also has been affiliated with another gang known as the Insane Gangster Disciples, Crisp said.

Liverman is listed in the department’s new gang database, Crisp said, and an internal bulletin on his gang connection and possible violent nature was released Aug. 9 to officers in the area of the shooting.

Robinson said she couldn’t recall any serious problems in the past in her neighborhood of about three dozen mostly two-story wood and brick homes with neat lawns.

But Terrence’s 39-year-old brother, Henry Merchant, said he occasionally has heard shots fired in the area near his English Avenue home. He blamed the problem on gang activity in nearby apartment complexes.

Mayor Bob Coblesaid at a Friday afternoon news conference that stopping the violence is everyone’s responsibility. Joined by Crisp, City Manager Charles Austin and City Council members, Coble said youth violence is growing in Columbia.

“In the last six months, 39 percent of all violent crimes in Columbia were committed by individuals under the age of 25,” he said.

Programs targeting youth violence and gang violence must continue, Coble said. That means investing more money in these types of programs, he said.

“The status quo is not good enough,” he said.

Coble asked the Columbia Urban League to take the first step in uniting the community.

Columbia Urban League president and CEO J.T. McLawhorn Jr. encouraged people to report suspicious behavior to law enforcement.

Mothers and fathers need to be part of the solution, he said. “The first line of defense starts with the parents.”

Thursday night’s shooting and a shooting earlier this week happened in City Councilman E.W. Cromartie’s district. Cromartie said he has been in touch with community leaders and said he wanted to do everything he could to make sure the areas are safe.

“We will not tolerate violence in this community, and we will not tolerate people losing their lives. ... If it does happen, they will pay the price.”

Staff writers Lauren Leach and Gina Smith contributed to this report. Reach Brundrett at (803) 771-8484 or rbrundrett@thestate.com.

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Cool Hand Luke 22:36
August 28, 2004, 09:44 AM
Time to arm the kids for self defense?

Wayne D
August 28, 2004, 10:26 AM
What a shame.

I won’t start the speculation, I’m sure someone will do it soon. Several things don’t sound quite right, but it’s always like that before all the facts come out. Keep us updated.

WhiteKnight
August 28, 2004, 01:33 PM
Under S.C. law, Liverman could face the death penalty if convicted.

Thank God.

Archie
August 28, 2004, 01:44 PM
He was convicted last year of grand larceny over $5,000 and was placed on probation, and was arrested this year on a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, State Law Enforcement Division records show.So why was he free to walk the streets? If he was in prison where he seems to belong, he wouldn't be out shooting people, huh?

(This is conditional on his being convicted of the crime. However, I've got a nickle that says whoever it was that did the shooting was not a first timer in legal escapades. Any takers?

manwithoutahome
August 28, 2004, 01:48 PM
Damn, more fodder for the anti's. Of course they will overlook the key words as in "gang member".

As was said, more information is needed (geez, now I'm sounding like Lilysdad, DMF and Steve in PA) to make a final determination of what happened.

Damn shame through, and I do believe that the parents are the first line of defense, they should have been there to fire back at this POS gang member. I hope the SOB fries (I wished they would bring back the electric chair, electricity well spent IMHO).

Wayne

USMCsilver
August 28, 2004, 01:50 PM
I didn't hear anything about this on the news nor from anyone else. This is just sad.

Fry his ass.

On a side note:
Under S.C. law, Liverman could face the death penalty if convicted. He was convicted last year of grand larceny over $5,000 and was placed on probation, and was arrested this year on a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, State Law Enforcement Division records show.

Steal five grand, and get put on probation, conduct a criminal sexual act w/ a minor, and apparently recieve nothing. Speed, and lose your CWP? Don'tcha just love our legal system?

Can'thavenuthingood
August 28, 2004, 02:09 PM
This is the scum that will create even more havoc in any terrorist type attack or confusion. Since they are the victims of society they will attack all who are perceived to be their antagonist's, no matter race creed or religion.

No reason why this worm was on the streets except for a weak judicial system and a bunch of do-gooders that think this kind of scum is fixable. He doesn't need any more "programs", he knows what you want to hear, he plays the system.

"Under S.C. law, Liverman could face the death penalty if convicted. He was convicted last year of grand larceny over $5,000 and was placed on probation, and was arrested this year on a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, State Law Enforcement Division records show."

Could face the death penalty? Could as in there is a snowball's chance......

"Programs targeting youth violence and gang violence must continue, Coble said. That means investing more money in these types of programs, he said."

They have been working so wonderfully haven't they?

“We will not tolerate violence in this community, and we will not tolerate people losing their lives. ... If it does happen, they will pay the price.”

A new idea?

All across the country the same old line with no action just throw more money at it and the camera's go elsewhere. The bureacracy gets bigger. Crime is an huge employment industry, though the new buzzword is security.

Though they get half your paycheck, it ain't enough.

So was this a hate crime?

A violent crime fershur but it's a "Gun Violence" crime.

Sudies at eleven.

Vick

Can'thavenuthingood
August 28, 2004, 02:32 PM
It's about control, not guns.

Government programs are just babysitting agenda's. When something like this occurs or anything not normal in a society, the police are called.

A citizen that can handle problems himself just gets in the way of the program. Gov temporarily loses control. Individuals within are scared of losing control. Life is easier addressing a symptom on a regular basis than actually performing a fix.

When the water leaks out from under the sink, just mop it up. It's not a flood and it remains localized to the kitchen. So we'll just clean up everymorning. In the meantime the main structure is destroyed. Critters are attracted. Scum begins to envelop the entire underpinnings. More money needed for a new better mop and a bigger bucket. And on it goes.

These are the same wienies you see anywhere in corporate America, small business and the military that micromanage every aspect of every item that goes on in their area of responsibility. Its a control thing. They are afraid of screwing up and being blamed, they are insecure thumbsuckers thinking only "they" know whats right for you.

I'm not a proponenet of a Government conspiracy. It's the individuals within utilizing the authority each has in their own little self important way. Just doing my job sir. Legislation is passed without thought as to outcomes as long as it ensnares more productive taxpayers and keeps the honest man honest.
For the criminals we have programs.
For the needy we have programs.
For the downtrodden we have programs.
For the after school latchkey we have programs.
For those with no cheerios we have before school breakfast.
For the illegal alien we have free education and medical.

For the successful productive American we have the IRS.

Its all about control.

Vick

Sportcat
August 28, 2004, 02:51 PM
http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2227975&nav=0RaMQJS7

Columbia man charged with murder in shooting deaths of 12-, 16-year-olds


(Columbia) Aug. 27, 2004 - A 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy from Columbia both died Friday morning after a Thursday night shooting, and Columbia Police have arrested a man the chief says they "believe to be the actual shooter."

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says 16-year-old Terrence Merchant and 12-year-old Courtney Dixon both died of gunshot wounds after emergency surgery at Palmetto Richland County Memorial Hospital.

Columbia Police Chief Dean Crisp says they were shot Thursday night around 9:45 in the 100 block of TS Martin Drive.

CPD says four or five people were walking on TS Martin Drive when one of them began firing a handgun in the direction of the victims. Chief Crisp would not say if the shooting was gang-related and said investigators are working to determine a motive, "Right now indications are that they were not specifically targeted."

Officers responding to the scene arrested a suspect nearby on Calk Street. Chris Anthony Liverman, 19, is charged with two counts of murder.

Abby Gantt says her friend Terrence Merchant came by Thursday night with homework, "He was bringing me my project paper, cause me and him were going to type it up. We had a project that was due today. We were going to type it up last night."

Jovana Gantt says he stopped to talk to Courtney Dixon at her house, "They were friends. We were all best friends. We just liked to sit on our porch and talk."

Crisp says officers know Liverman as an admitted gang member and he says they don't know if he was trying to shoot Merchant and Dixon or someone else, "We have reports earlier in the evening he was actually looking for a person in the neighborhood." Police don't believe Terrence or Courtney knew Liverman.

Investigators are also trying to find the other people who came to the neighborhood with Liverman.

Crisp wants neighbors to feel safe, "We believe this is an isolated incident from an individual who took it upon himself to act extremely violently and senselessly to take the life of 2 individuals."

Liverman is being held at Richland County's Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center pending a bond hearing at a later date.

CPD asks anyone with information to call at 545-3500.

Columbia Police held a neighborhood meeting at W.A. Perry Middle School on Friday evening. Courtney Dixon attended the school. Concerned community members and city officials came together to listen and offer solutions about violence. The chief of police, Mayor Coble and city council members were all in attendance.

Alisa Corbin says the meeting is long overdue and changes are desperately needed to better protect her 12-year-old daughter, "We need security everyday watching the communities."

Bridgette Taylor and her daughter do not live in the TS Martin community, but she says safety of children everywhere should be a priority, "It's hurtful, because these are our kids. No matter what color they are, it's sad hurtful."

After the meeting, News 10 spoke with the Columbia Housing Authority and they say the fatal shootings has prompted them to increase security patrols in the neighborhood. We're told residents can expect to see the added security immediately..

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I believe the residents should patrol their own neighborhood and let the police/ security compliment their attempts.

Edward429451
August 28, 2004, 03:58 PM
“We will not tolerate violence in this community, and we will not tolerate people losing their lives. ... If it does happen, they will pay the price, and then be released again”

Edited to add a shred of truth. :(

Standing Wolf
August 28, 2004, 07:51 PM
Cromartie said he has been in touch with community leaders and said he wanted to do everything he could to make sure the areas are safe.

Advocating the death penalty, perhaps?

joe sixpack
August 28, 2004, 11:39 PM
Can'thavenuthingood

Bingo. Solving things reduces gov't jobs and dependancy. Status quo,
ineffectual "solutions" ad absurdum is what we have come to.
Once everyone is reduced to apathy (or at least the majority) than any
people with actual smarts who hasn't bought the load of bs, will be so overwhelmed with crime, bureacracy, and idiots that he won't be able to do anything about it and like I said, is in the minority and that is being in the proverbial handbasket scenario.

Hell, we might just about be there.

cheers, ab

Flatfender
August 29, 2004, 01:20 AM
Wood chipper

Feet first

S L O W L E Y :fire:

4570Rick
August 29, 2004, 02:10 AM
He was convicted last year of grand larceny over $5,000 and was placed on probation, and was arrested this year on a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, State Law Enforcement Division records show.

Anyone in living in SC should find out who the judges are who let this miscreant out and start a recall.:fire:

Waitone
August 29, 2004, 05:35 PM
Hey, be thankful you have LE that is vaguely acquainted with reality.

100 miles north in a significantly larger city we have a grossly overpaid Chief of Police that refuses to admit we have a gang problem, yet you can see the grafitti all over the place. We have unexplained murders. We have gangs from numeous part of the US and a surprising number from foreign yet our constabulary fails to see a problem.

BTW, what is the concern with the murders being gang related. Does that mean special court, special sentence, different meal ticket in the lockup? Seems to me murder is murder and ought to be treated as murder. Opps, sorry, there I go again with that logic stuff.

Langenator
August 30, 2004, 08:31 AM
"Gang related" generally goes to the motive for the crime, especially in apparently random shootings like this one.

The kids may have been hanging out at the home of a gang member, or maybe the shooter got the wrong house. But it does sound like the shooter was trying to shoot at someone deliberate, just not the people he actually ended up killing.

Sportcat
September 3, 2004, 03:30 PM
http://wltx.com/news/news19.aspx?storyid=20881

Suspected Shooter's Mom Speaks Out to News19

(Columbia) - The mother of 19-year-old Chris Liverman says her son started out as a good student, who turned his attention to becoming a gang member. Now he's accused of shooting and killing two children.

Liverman is in jail, charged with shooting 12-year-old Courtney Dixon and 16-year-old Terrance Merchant August 26th. Investigators say they were innocent bystanders because Liverman was looking for a rival gang member.

"Pay attention to what your children are doing," says Liverman's mother. We cannot reveal her last name because she is afraid of retaliation.

She says she saw signs of gang behavior, but didn't believe they were true. She noticed new tattoos, a change in attitude, and that her son would stay out late. She says now she wishes she had taken those warning signs more seriously.

Liverman is expected to appear in bond court Friday morning at the Richland County judicial center.

:banghead: :cuss:

Sportcat
September 3, 2004, 03:32 PM
http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2255637&nav=0RaMQYBJ

Bond denied Fri. for man accused of shooting two Columbia children to death

(Columbia) Sept. 3, 2004 - A judge denied bond Friday morning for the man accused of shooting two young Midlands people to death last week..

Authorities say Chris Anthony Liverman, 19, shot 12-year-old Courtney Dixon and 16-year-old Terrence Merchant on August 26th on TS Martin Drive in Columbia.

Dixon and Merchant both died the next day at Palmetto Richland County Memorial Hospital of gunshot wounds, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

Liverman, who is charged with two counts of murder, did not appear in the courtroom on Friday, but a number of family members from both of his alleged victims did. They were able to hear the solicitor's office outline some of the case against Liverman, who is described as a member of the Folk Nation gang.

Investigators say Liverman was on his way to shoot at members of a rival gang. Assistant solicitor David Pascoe says, "Our understanding is he went to Martin Drive to as he put it, in his words, that night 'commit a lick.' He was looking for some Bloods. He went, there armed himself with a .22 rifle and shot at least ten shots into the area." Officers responding to the scene arrested a Liverman nearby on Calk Street.

Ned Longshore, Liverman's defense attorney, says, "I have no comment on that other than to say that his version of the events is quite different from their version."

Columbia Police Department Captain Steve Conley says there may be more arrests in the investigation, "We're continuing our investigation, and there is quite a bit of indication that there was at least two to three other people with him at the time of this incident. We have not been able to fully identify those individuals or talk to them at length at this point in time."

Adrian Dixon Williams, Courtney Dixon's aunt, says, "This was a senseless act, but somehow we'll get through it." Dixon's family also says the support they've gotten from the community has been overwhelming and much appreciated.

Liverman is being held at Richland County's Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

reagansquad
September 3, 2004, 06:00 PM
Same sort of stuff almost happened to me at that age. The best thing you can do is live in Yellow at all times, and RUN FAST just before things go to orange. Teach your kids that it's ok to run away!

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