Two men out for revenge against each other after a fight on New Year's Day ended up shooting each other's mother, according to police.
Police suspected from the beginning that two men shot up three North Charleston houses because they had been fighting. Police Chief Eddie Driggers announced charges against Jimmie Harris, 25, of Dowling Road and Montreal Ford, 22, of Louise Drive at a news conference Thursday.
Both men were already in jail on other shooting charges.
Here's what happened New Year's Day, according to police.
Harris and Ford got into a fight at Club Crucial early Thursday morning.
Shortly before 5 a.m., Harris went to 2315 Aintree Ave. and fired several shots through the front door. Sabrina Green, 41, who was Ford's mother, was wounded.
About 5:40 a.m. Ford went to 3991 Niagra St. and started shooting. Janet Royal, 52, who was Harris' stepmother, was fatally wounded.
About 6:40 p.m. Harris went to 4419 Ventura Ave. and fired several rounds. Debra Randall Martin, 49, was fatally wounded. Police did not say why the third house was targeted.
Harris was charged with murder, attempted murder and the possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Harris was recently transferred to the Georgetown County jail from Charlotte, where he's accused of getting into a shootout with police in March. Earlier this month, a federal judge ordered that he be held there until his trial in the June shooting and wounding of a witness in a Walterboro drug case.
Ford was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Ford was being held in the Charleston County jail after being accused of a shooting at a North Charleston nightclub in March. A bond hearing on the new charges is set for 9 a.m. Friday.
Green has recovered from her wounds, Driggers said.
It took police several months to get the cooperation of witnesses and gather enough evidence to charge Harris and Ford, Driggers said. There's still a chance the case might fall apart when it goes to court unless more community members step forward, he said.
"It's one thing to charge," he said. "It's another to prosecute."
He urged anyone who knows anything about the incidents to call police.
Andrew Knapp contributed to this story. Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.