Bond set at $160k for teenager accused in Northwoods Mall shooting

VIDEO: Bond set at $160k for teenager accused in Northwoods Mall shooting

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond was set at $160,000 for a 16-year-old charged in a shooting at the Northwoods Mall parking lot.

Timothy Xavier McClendon was in bond court Wednesday night where he faced charges of attempted murder, attempted armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

He was given an $80,000 bond for the attempted murder charge, $50,000 for attempted armed robbery and $30,000 on possession of a firearm.

Authorities have also arrested a 15-year-old who faces the same charges. Both of the teens were taken into custody on Tuesday.

The two are charged with the Monday afternoon shooting outside the Northwoods Mall which prompted a SWAT team to converge on the mall to make sure that there was no threat inside the shopping center.

Newly released affidavits state that the victim picked up both McClendon and the 15-year-old suspect at Northwoods Mall on Monday afternoon at 12:10 p.m. As the victim drove through the parking lot, authorities say both of the suspects pulled out guns and demanded money from the victim.

Court records state that as the victim struggled to take the guns from the suspects, he was shot twice in the back and once in the arm.

The victim told investigators the two suspects went by the names of "B.J." and "Gooch," and he got into an argument which led to the shooting. The victim said the two suspects left their weapons in their vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

During the course of the investigation, detectives say they were able to positively identify McClendon as "Gooch."

According to affidavits, McClendon told investigators that he was in the back seat of the vehicle during the incident.

Following the shooting, dispatchers received several calls to the shopping center at around 12:30 p.m., where police found the male victim lying in the grass with three gunshot wounds.

The incident led to the shutdown of Northwoods Mall at around lunchtime so that a SWAT team could perform a sweep of the entire mall to make sure there was no threat inside the mall.

The victim was transported to MUSC for treatment.

Witnesses told police they saw the suspects run into the mall after the shooting, leading to the call for the SWAT team to conduct a search.

Law enforcement authorities cordoned off a section of the parking lot and blocked all entrances to the mall. Investigators processed an SUV in the parking lot before a tow truck later towed the vehicle away. A Charleston County Sheriff's Office helicopter also responded to the mall to assist in the investigation.

The mall re-opened at 5:30 p.m. Monday after the SWAT team confirmed no suspects were inside the mall, though some stores remained closed Monday night.

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