A second suspect in the Mother’s Day fatal shooting of Dena Brown was apprehended Friday night, North Charleston police said.
Richard D. Simmons, 20, of Poplin Street, North Charleston, was found outside the rental car pavilion at Charleston International Airport and taken into custody, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said in a news release.
Simmons is charged with one count of murder, four counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, Pryor said. Simmons was being held in Charleston County jail pending a bond hearing set for later today.
Police have accused him of being one of several people inside the vehicle from which the shots were fired that killed Brown, the release said.
Brown, a 36-year-old wife and mother of three, was shot about 1:45 a.m. Sunday near Ashley Phosphate Road and Northwoods Boulevard after gunmen mistook her vehicle for another they had encountered in a shootout on the streets of North Charleston.
On Thursday, a 16-year-old male was arrested and charged with murder, four counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He is in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice, the release said.
Also, a female was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with obstruction of justice, the release said.
Nigeia Tamika Brown, 34, of Lawrence Street, North Charleston, was in the Charleston County jail on $200,000 bail. She is accused of having willfully provided false and misleading statements to investigators regarding the whereabouts of the 16-year-old male who was eventually charged with murder, the release said.
The investigation is ongoing.