Columbia’s police chief is crediting the community for helping CPD detectives identify and capture the second suspect in Sunday morning’s mass casualty incident outside Vibez lounge downtown.
28-year-old Todd Duron Nesbitt of Columbia is charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action, and was arraigned via video on Monday. He’s jailed without bond.
Police Chief Geoff Jones says the other suspect was shot and killed by CPD officers, after allegedly shooting into a crowd. Five victims were wounded. Chief Jones says the incident began when Nesbitt and the other suspect began firing at each other.
Online court records show that Nesbitt has previous misdemeanor convictions for drugs, driving while revoked, resisting arrest and domestic assault. Nesbitt was also charged with felony domestic assault in July, but was released after posting a $5,000 bond.
CPD’s investigation into the Vibez incident continues.
Our news partner ABC-17 has documented eight shootings in downtown Columbia since September 18. Four of those shootings happened outside of Vibez, all between the hours of 2:30 am and 5 am. Two people were shot outside of Vibez on September 18.
Columbia Police will continue to increase foot patrols downtown, and are considering adding temporary lighting systems.