Columbia man shot his way into home, tried to kill man

A Columbia man is being held in the Lexington County Detention Center after detectives said he shot the doorknob of a West Columbia home and exchanged gunfire with another man after going inside.

Jeremy Gerome Junious, 34, is charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants.

“Based on the interviews detectives have done and the evidence collected, Junious got into the home on Drayton Hall Drive early on the morning of April 9 after he shot through the doorknob,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Junious and the man inside the home shot at each other. Both men suffered gunshot wounds.”

Junious then ran upstairs, took his child from the home and left, according to Koon.

“Deputies made contact with Junious as they were responding to the incident location,” Koon said. “He was in his car with the child in his lap. The child suffered a minor gunshot wound to the leg.”

Investigators believe the incident stems from a custody dispute between Junious and the child’s mother, according to Koon.

Junious, the male victim and the child were transported to the hospital for additional treatment. Junious was arrested Tuesday after he was released from the hospital.