Bond denied for 16-year-old accused in fatal shooting at James Island park

Bond denied for 16-year-old accused in fatal shooting at James Island park
Authorities on the scene of a shooting at Thomas Johnson Park on James Island. (Source: WCSC)
Authorities on the scene of a shooting at Thomas Johnson Park on James Island. (Source: WCSC)

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied for a 16-year-old accused in a shooting that killed one person and injured another at a park on James Island.

Harold Alvin Champaigne, a junior at James Island Charter High, was in court Saturday morning to face charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

In addition to bond being denied for murder, he was given a $20,000 bond for the possession of a weapons charge.

Champaigne was arrested on Friday. His attorney says he surrendered to law enforcement.

The Thursday shooting at the Thomas Johnson Park on Secessionvlle Road took the life of 19-year-old Jaquan Moore and injured another person who police say was attempting to intervene in the incident.

Charleston police officials say Champaigne shot Moore because of an ongoing dispute between them.

Champaigne's attorney said her client was being beaten up and what happened was in response to him being attacked; the attorney showed a photograph saying that the photo showed that her client's nose was struck by the butt of a gun.

In addition, Champaigne's family was present at the court hearing.

"First I would like to give my condolences to the victim's family, and son I just want you to know that I'm here for you and I would do anything I can for you," Champaigne's mother said.

Newly released court documents shed more light on what investigators say transpired.

On Thursday at 6:15 p.m., police officers responded to the park for a shooting that had just happened.

According to investigators, the crime scene was behind the facilities building of the park within the children's playground.

When officers arrived on location they were told by several witnesses that Moore had been shot and had collapsed.

Detectives found multiple gun shell casings in the area; witnesses told investigators that they heard four to six gunshots.

Friends of the victim said they attempted to transport Moore to the hospital by car, however officers intercepted them and got EMS to the scene to attempt to resuscitate Moore; he was pronounced dead at the scene and suffered from a gunshot wound to his torso area.

A witness said Moore confronted Champaigne while at the park over owed money and a physical altercation took place.

According to court records, Champaigne stole about $300 from Moore days earlier which fueled the altercation.

An affidavit states that during the altercation, Moore was separated by other witnesses and the second victim who placed Moore in a head lock.

Authorities say Champaigne then took out a revolver and fired multiple shots, striking Moore and the second victim in the arm.

Court records state Moore attempted to flee from the park but collapsed near the parking lot due to his gunshot wounds.

Police say Champaigne left the area before officers arrived.

A witness identified Champaigne as the suspect who shot and killed Moore.

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