MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - A teenager accused of killing a man at a Moncks Corner mobile home park is facing more charges.
Officials with the Moncks Corner Police Department announced on Wednesday that 17-year-old Justin Kymir Juan Woods of Moncks Corner has also been charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, unlawful carrying of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm.
On Wednesday night, Woods had a court hearing where bond was denied.
A newly released affidavit states that Woods had a physical altercation with the victim, and Woods took out a gun out of his shorts’ pocket and a struggle for the weapon ensued.
According to court records, Woods then fatally shot Mitchell in the chest and fled the scene on foot. Authorities said Woods disposed of the gun which was later recovered and identified by the suspect.
A report states that Woods had taken the weapon from another juvenile, and that firearm was reported stolen in Berkeley County
Investigators say Woods provided a written and verbal statement detailing the events.
When officers arrived at the shooting scene they found Mitchell lying on the roadway.
People who knew the victim said he kept to himself and never bothered anyone.
“It’s kind of hard to see him yesterday… and today he’s gone,” said April Murray, a friend of Mitchell’s. “He loved to draw, and he loved to make people laugh. I was hurt. Hurt and shocked”
Woods is being charged with murder, and his family looked on as he stood in front of a judge during Wednesday’s bond hearing.
People who knew Woods say they didn’t think he’d be capable of something like this
“I don’t know what got through to him because he’s really not a bad person," said Lashawn Simmons, who knew the suspect and victim.“Both lives are gone, both lives”
According to the arrest affidavit, Woods got into a fight with Mitchell when Woods pulled out a gun and shot him.
The affidavit stated that Woods ran and dropped the gun, which was later found by police.
“I feel like justice should be served, I feel like he should stay in there,” Murray said.
“He’s still a young kid, he has some growing up to do," Simmons said. "I hope this is an insight for him, getting his life together and showing a positive impact for his siblings,”
Police believe this was an isolated incident, but as precaution they are doing extra patrols in the neighborhood where the victim was killed.