Within minutes of a teenager's fatal shooting Monday, North Charleston police officers already were struggling to get information.
"Everybody's advising nobody saw nothing," an officer said into her radio. "Even the victim."
Ty'Quan Murrell President, 16, had been fatally shot. A friend, who had joined President for a bicycle ride on Sorentrue Avenue, had been wounded.
Officers from the North Charleston Police Department soon caught up with an SUV that might have been carrying the gunman. But they said the two 17-year-old high-school students who had been inside gave them misleading information about who shot the bicyclists.
That's why detectives said Wednesday that they arrested the two young men, Rayshoud Washington of Harvey Avenue and Tyrek Moody of Orvid Street, on a charge of misprision of a felony. Samuel Eugene Bolger, 21, of Cosgrove Avenue also was jailed Tuesday on counts of murder and attempted murder.
The 17-year-olds' charge entails failing to either prevent a felony or help authorities catch a perpetrator. It does not imply that the young men directly helped carry out the crime. It's a common-law offense that comes with no recommended sentence.
Loved ones of the suspects' and the victims' cried Wednesday morning during bail hearings for the trio.
Kiasha Coleman, Moody's sister, apologized to President's family, but she said her brother didn't have a hand in the shooting.
The 17-year-olds attend North Charleston High School, but they were suspended because of their arrests. Their bail was set at $500,000.
"He's no threat," Coleman said of her brother. "These are good boys. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time."
On the opposite side of the courtroom, people gasped.
President's aunt later remarked that the alleged shooter is an adult; her nephew, a student at Garrett Academy of Technology, was "just a kid."
"All of them were children," Latoasha Mazyck said of the four bicyclists who were targeted. "They didn't deserve that."
The police have not indicated what might have prompted the gunfire Monday.
In arrest affidavits, though, they said Washington and Moody were letting Bolger ride in a Saturn SUV in the Dorchester Terrace neighborhood. Who was driving was not clear.
Around 5:40 p.m., the Saturn stopped on Accabee Road near Sorentrue Avenue, and two men got out of the backseat. Bolger was one of them, the police said, and he fired a pistol at the bicyclists.
Bolger ran away over a pathway that parallels Sorentrue Avenue, the police said.
President didn't have a pulse by the time officers arrived. Charles James, 17, was wounded in a leg.
Minutes later, the affidavits stated, officers stopped the Saturn outside the nearby Cheap Way gas station on Dorchester Road. Its driver told the police who had shot President, according to the affidavits.
During questioning later, the documents stated, Washington and Moody gave false information about Bolger's actions and the shooter's identity.
All three were arrested Tuesday afternoon, and a day later, they appeared for the bail hearing. James, the wounded 17-year-old who used a cane, spoke up.
"I'm the victim," he said. "I would like a restraining order."
If the 17-year-old suspects do post $500,000 bail, the magistrate told them to avoid contact with James.
She could not set bail for Bolger, who was out on bail on a robbery charge.
That previous arrest came in July, when the police said he held someone at gunpoint and stole $490. At that time, he was on probation for an arrest in June 2012, when he dropped a 9 mm pistol while running from a policeman in the same community where Monday's shooting occurred.
He was also arrested that year after the police said he pulled a revolver on someone, demanded money and said, "Do you wanna die?"
That charge was later dropped.
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