4 charged in killing at bowling alley

EASLEY — A shooting at a popular Easley bowling alley last week left one teenager dead and four other young people charged with murder.

One of the suspects was out of jail on bond after being charged with attempted murder four months ago, according to online Pickens County Sheriff’s Office records.

Easley police responding to Tri-City Lanes in reference to an altercation at around 9 p.m. last Wednesday found a teen in the parking lot with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. EMS arrived on scene and could not revive the victim.

Kejuan Mitchell Brown, 17, of Easley, was pronounced dead at the scene, and police immediately began a search for the suspects in the case.

A short time after the shooting, a vehicle described by witnesses was found at a Spinx store on S.C. Highway 183 near Dacusville, according to Easley Police chief Tim Tollison.

The four people in the vehicle were transported to the Easley Police Department while detained for questioning, and the four were later arrested and charged with murder.

Ja’mari Trayvar Fair, 18, of 129 Wickersham Way in Easley, Dennis Ezell Gibbs, 19, of 401 N. A St. in Easley, Albert Lavern Taylor, 22, of 101 Wallace Drive, H103, in Easley and an unnamed juvenile were each charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in the case.

The four were also charged with third-degree assault and battery by a mob after an alleged attack on another victim on West D Avenue, according to warrants.

Tollison told reporters the group had met at the bowling alley to fight after an argument on social media.

Fair was arrested in October and charged with first-degree assault and battery, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime before being released on a combined $15,000 surety bond for the three charges on Nov. 23, according to sheriff’s office records.

Fair, Gibbs and Taylor were each being held Tuesday without bond at the Pickens County Detention Center, while information about the juvenile was unavailable.