South Carolina

Arrest made in 2-year-old shooting death

Jacob Olnay Green
Jacob Olnay Green Columbia Police Department

Columbia Police announced Tuesday that a 24-year-old Columbia man, already in jail in connection with a 2014 shooting in Five Points, has been charged in the shooting death two years ago of Nathaniel McKelvin.

The 21-year-old McKelvin was found shot to death Nov. 15, 2013, on the front porch of 735 Martha St. in the Greenview neighborhood in north Columbia.

In announcing the arrest of Jacob Olney Green, Police Chief Skip Holbrook said while a motive has not been determined, “the shooting was not a random act of violence and has ties to gang activity.”

The night of the shooting, McKelvin had gone to a friend’s house on Martha Street to get a haircut from a friend and to hang out with neighborhood buddies, his family and friends told The State newspaper in 2013. They said he was excited because he had just earned his commercial driver’s license and was to start training that Monday for a new truck-driving job in Georgia.

Since her son’s death, McKelvin’s mother, Roberta, has spoken out against gun violence in her north Columbia community. Upon learning of the arrest, McKelvin said she would like to ask Green why he took her son from her, she told police.

“It’s a feeling that I cannot explain,” she said. “My son was a good man… gone too soon. Sometimes I think that my child was so nice. Maybe if he wasn’t so nice, he would be here today.”

In late October, she and other gun violence victims confronted 50 repeat offenders out on parole or probation and identified as the most likely to commit or be a victim of a violent crime at an event in north Columbia sponsored by the U.S. attorney’s office and the Columbia Police Department.

“Put the guns down,” she pleaded in October, saying later she hoped everyone would learn how gun violence affects families. “When you take someone’s life like that, you not only take their life, you take their family’s life,” she said.

Columbia police did not detail the circumstances of the Five Poimts shooting for which Green was already in jail. Police said more arrests are expected in the Martha Street shooting.