NCPD: Club fight leads to mothers being shot on New Year's Day

VIDEO: NCPD police chief announces murder charges of mothers killed in shooting
Published: May. 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM EDT|Updated: May. 23, 2014 at 10:15 AM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators with the North Charleston Police Department say a fight at a club between two men led to the shooting of the men's mothers on New Year's Day.

Police Chief Eddie Driggers said a fight at Club Crucial between Jimmie Harris and Montreal Ford in the early hours of Jan. 1 led to the shooting of three women, two of whom died.

During a press conference on Thursday, Driggers announced that warrants would be served against Jimmie Harris for the murder of Debra Randall Martin, and Montreal Ford for the murder of Janet Royal. According to Driggers, Harris is the stepson of Janet Royal and Ford is the son of Sabrina Green, who was shot on Jan. 1 but survived the incident.

"We have worked tirelessly on this case to try and bring it to a close, and will continue to work on all cases very hard to bring people to justice that commit violent or any other crimes in the City of North Charleston and you can take that to the bank," Driggers said on Thursday.

According to Driggers, the fatal shootings stemmed from a fight at a club that both Harris and Ford were involved with. Investigators say during the early hours of Jan. 1, a fight erupted between Harris and Ford along with several other people at Club Crucial.

A report released by NCPD on Thursday states that Harris then went to a home on Aintree Avenue at 4:55 a.m. and shot Green, who survived the shooting.

Then Ford went to a home on Niagra Street and shot Janet Royal at 5:40 a.m., according to police. Police say at 6:40 p.m., Harris went to a home on Ventura Avenue and shot Debra Martin Randall.

According to NCPD investigators, the victims responded to knocks on their front doors, at which point someone fired multiple shots through the door, striking and killing the victims. Investigators say shell casings were found in the front yards of all three homes.

Harris faces an attempted murder charge for allegedly shooting Sabrina Green, one count of murder for the fatal shooting of Debra Randall and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Ford faces one count of murder for the fatal shooting of Janet Royal and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

"Even though we are charging these individuals with the appropriate charges, there is reason for us to believe that other people were involved in the incidents and additional arrests may follow," stated a North Charleston report released on Thursday. "Detectives continue to ask for the community's help in identifying anyone who is associated with, or has information on these crimes and events."

Ford had also been charged in a shooting at Club Camouflage in North Charleston. He faces three attempted murder charges in that case.

Harris was arrested in Charlotte back in March. Law enforcement officials say Harris is accused of shooting at officers during an undercover drug deal. A dog was killed in the incident, but police say no one was hurt. In 2008, Harris was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

Ford is expected to be in bond court tomorrow morning, meanwhile he remains behind bars at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

There is no word on when Harris will have a bond hearing.

He is being held in federal custody in Georgetown County

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