A J.L. Mann High School graduate is in the hospital, paralyzed by a stray bullet fired in Columbia's Five Points area. According to the victim's uncle, Jim Carpenter, 18-year-old Martha Childress can't move from the hips down, and also suffered damage to her liver and her kidney.
Childress graduated in the spring from the high school in Greenville. She earned a 4.0 grade-point average. She is a freshman at the University of South Carolina.
According to Columbia police, Michael Juan Smith, 20, was arguing with another man Saturday when he pulled out a handgun and fired two shots. One bullet hit Childress. Smith is in jail on five charges.Related:
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