Downtown murder suspect was passenger in recent I-26 shooting

Tyrel Collins (Source: Charleston Police Department)
Tyrel Collins (Source: Charleston Police Department)
The victim, Solomon Chisolm (Source: Charleston Police Department)
The victim, Solomon Chisolm (Source: Charleston Police Department)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The man police say fatally shot a 24-year-old man at a Columbus Street playground on Thursday night faced a bond court judge Saturday morning.

Charleston City Police took 24-year-old Tyrel Rashone Collins into custody Friday morning around 9:30 a.m. They say he shot and killed 24-year-old Solomon Chisolm at the Mall Park playground on Columbus Street.

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Collins is charged with murder in which bond was denied. Bond was set at $50,000 for Collins for possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Collins was also a passenger in a car that was shot at on Interstate 26. The driver of the car was killed.

In the Mall Park playground shooting, police responded to 68 Columbus Street around 6:45 p.m. and found Chisolm lying unresponsive near the bleachers. Officers said he died at the scene.

According to the affidavit, Collins approached Chisolm while he was playing cards with three other people. Colllins then got into an argument with the victim and pulled out a handgun. Witnesses told police that's when Collins fired the gun about five times aiming at Chisolm hitting him multiple times.

A quick look at the suspect and the victim's criminal records reveals a litany of charges and convictions.

Collins was arrested just last week for possession of cocaine base.  He was convicted of common law robbery and unlawful carrying of a weapon in 2009.  He was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

Chisolm has been convicted twice for trespassing, once for possession of cocaine base, and on one felony charge for throwing bodily fluids at a prison employee.  He also twice escaped conviction for murder in 2006 and 2007, and in 2005 he escaped conviction for assault and battery with intent to kill.

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