On Monday, May 25th, 2020, Richland County, South Carolina store owner Rick Chow was charged in the shooting death of 14-year-old Cyrus Carmack-Belton. According to authorities, Chow, 58, and his son chased Carmack-Belton outside the store before gunning the boy down.
The news has shocked the local community, who are mourning the loss of a young boy taken tragically. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott addressed the press during a Memorial Day press conference, calling the death “senseless”, emphasizing the need to crack down on criminal behavior.
“It’s senseless; it doesn’t make sense,” Sheriff Lott said. “This type of criminal behavior will not be tolerated.”
In response to Chow’s arrest, protesters gathered outside the store that he owns, often referred to as “Crow’s Market”. The group congregated to pay respect to the victim and show support for the justice with placards and signs.
The incident brings to light the issue of gun safety and the need for better enforcement of laws pertaining to gun ownership. As the nation wrestles with heightened tensions and violence amidst protests nationwide, gun control is of particular relevance.
Given the nature of this tragedy, local law enforcement has increased its presence in the area around the store in order to quell any potential further disturbances. As of now, no other incidents have been reported in response to the arrest of Chow. However, Sheriff Lott emphasizes the need for a tighter grip on gun control.
“We must all work together to ensure that guns don’t fall into the wrong hands and that proper enforcement of our laws, including stiff penalties for those who break them, is upheld,” said Sheriff Lott.
At this time, the investigation is ongoing and it remains unclear what led to the shooting. It is important for the public to remember that justice is not always swift and that it can often take time to bring those responsible for such heinous acts to justice. The case of Cyrus Carmack-Belton is no different, and while the family awaits closure, we should all keep their grief in our hearts.