Nearly a year after uncertainty and fear struck the Greenwood Mall on July 28, 2018, the six men charged in connection with a shooting inside the mall will face trial Monday.
Four shots rang out in the mall that day, with surveillance video and witness statements showing a group of people followed one man right before the shots were fired near the Foot Locker.
Narkevious Reid, Shyheim Freeman, Shyheim Alston, Shyheim Reed, Isaiah Whatley and Antonio Williams were all arrested and charged in connection with the shooting. At a bond hearing, 8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo shined light on what the state thinks each man’s role was.
Reid was the primary instigator, Stumbo said, confronting the target near the Foot Locker but not responsible for the shooting itself. Alston was identified by witnesses as the person who might have fired the gun, while Freeman and Williams came to the mall together, and Stumbo said Freeman was at the back of the pack when the shots were fired.
Stumbo said Reed was “the only one of the six apprehended on these warrants who actually had possession of a firearm.” Still, Stumbo said, while he was part of the group pursuing the target, he did not fire the gun. Whatley, Stumbo said, drove Reid to the mall and later provided police with faulty information.
Circuit Court Judge Eugene Griffith will oversee the trial, beginning at about 8:45 a.m. Monday with pretrial hearings before jury selection. All of the defendants are going on trial jointly, meaning the Greenwood County Courthouse’s main courtroom will have to accommodate each defendant and their attorneys.