Teen accused of firing shots during drug deal in Bethel Park
COLUMBIA - Police said early Friday morning they arrested a 17-year-old in connection to a shots fired incident during a suspected drug deal in Bethel Park Thursday. The Columbia Police Department arrested 17-year-old Thomas Kim who the victim said fired several shots during the incident in the 4300 block of Needham Court Thursday afternoon.
Police said the 18-year-old female victim had arranged to meet Kim at Bethel Park for a drug deal when Kim walked up to the victim's car and fired a shot with a handgun. Officers said Kim took off running, and the victim followed him in her car. Police said the victim reported Kim got into a black car with an unknown driver who fired several more shots, one of which hit the victim's vehicle. Officers later confirmed a bullet hit the car and found a shell casing on Needham Court.
Columbia police found Kim and the 16-year-old driver later Thursday evening near Fall River and Southampton Drive and recovered the handgun, which had been reported stolen.
Kim was arrested on several charges, including armed criminal action, endangering the welfare of a child, receiving stolen property, first-degree robbery and unlawful use of weapons.
Police took the 16-year-old driver into custody for suspicion of juvenile delinquency, possession of cigarettes or tobacco under 18 years old, possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana, unlawful use of weapons and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
The victim was uninjured.