The mother of slain South Carolina 14-year-old Cyrus Carmack-Belton took to social media recently – pleading for the son of her late son’s alleged killer to be arrested. According to Nicole Carmack, police have arrested just one of the two people she believes to be responsible for his death.
In a Facebook post made on Sunday, Cole called for the arrest of Andy Chow – son of accused killer Rick Chow.
According to her, Andy Chow “initiated the chase of my beloved son” three weeks ago at the “XPress Mart” Shell gas station and convenience store located at 7441 Parklane Road in Columbia, South Carolina.
Carmack-Belton entered the convenience store at around 8:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, May 29, 2023 and retrieved four water bottles – but reportedly put them back in the cooler prior to departing, according to investigators. Nonetheless, at some point while he was inside the store a verbal altercation ensued between him and Chow, the owner of the store.
Carmack-Belton was allegedly chased from the store onto the 200 block of Springtree Drive by Chow and his son – at which point the elder Chow shot him in the back. A handgun was retrieved near the victim’s body but according to authorities there is no indication the 14-year-old shot or pointed the gun at the store owner or his son.
According to Carmack, her son was “racially profiled and falsely accused” of stealing prior to the shooting.
In a previous press conference, Richland County sheriff Leon Lott stated the case was still under investigation and that video surveillance of from the Shell convenience store on that fateful day was being reviewed.
Chow – who has a valid concealed weapons permit – was charged with murder in Carmack-Belton’s shooting. He is currently being held without bond at the Alvin S. Glenn detention center south of Columbia, S.C. Chow was involved in a pair of previous shootings – one in 2015 and another in 2018 – but was not charged in either of those cases.
In the 2015 shooting, Chow fired six shots into a vehicle following a suspected shoplifting incident.
In the 2018 shooting, Chow fired a round which struck an admitted shoplifter in the leg – but according to Lott’s agency, his conduct in both of the incidents “did not meet the requirements under South Carolina law to support criminal charges.”
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“Rick Chow was arrested but his son remains free,” Carmack noted in her post.
She called on her supporters to call the office of S.C. fifth circuit solicitor Byron Gipson and “demand charges.”
“Demand Andy Chow’s arrest,” Carmack wrote.
This news outlet will keep our audience in the loop in the event there are any updates to this investigation – including the issuance of any warrants for additional arrests.
As previously noted, Rick Chow is considered innocent until proven guilty by our criminal justice system – or until such time as he may wish to enter some form of allocution in connection with a plea agreement with prosecutors related to any of the charges that may be filed against him.
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