GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Greenville County Sheriff’s Office officials said one of the suspects in the Lavish Lounge nightclub shooting, who was arrested in Georgia on Monday, has been brought back to the Upstate to face charges.
We reported earlier that Jarquez Kezavion Cooper was arrested in Georgia Monday with assistance by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Gwinnett County Police Department, the Secret Service and the FBI.
Cooper has been charged with two counts of murder, seven counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Sheriff’s Office officials said he is currently being held in the Greenville County Detention Center.
During a bond hearing Friday, Cooper was denied bond on all of his charges.
The sheriff’s office told us earlier that the shooting at the nightclub early Sunday morning started after a fight in front of the stage. A total number of 12 rounds were fired, hitting 10 victims.
Sheriff Hobart Lewis said the shooting appears to have been gang-related, as gang signs were displayed between those involved in the incident before the shooting occurred.
Lewis is now vowing to shut down the establishment.
“We’re going to use every possible resource I promise you to close both of these clubs just as quick as we can do it,” Lewis said.
Family of the victims say if the club hadn’t been open, their loved ones might still be here.
“This could have all been avoided had the club not been open that night or had everybody went through security like they were supposed to,” Jasma Johnson, whose father was killed in the shooting, said.
The county is now looking to an ordinance from 2009 that allows them to revoke a businesses registration if they don’t adhere to certain guidelines.
“Discharge or firearms, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace, failure to provide sufficient security, failure to show current compliance with applicable state laws,” County Council Chairman Butch Kirven said.
Investigators said Cooper is accused of being the shooter who fired shots from the stage.
The sheriff’s office said previously that they are still looking to identify three other people involved in the shooting.
In his message to the suspects, Lewis said “we’re coming to get you. We’re going to get to the bottom of it. People are cooperating. We’re going to get the truth of the story of what happened, and you’re going to be held accountable.”