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Murder charges in Wednesday El Cheapo shooting

Sep 9, 2010 5:08:00 PM - thestate.com
A 20-year-old Columbia man has been charged with murder in Wednesday's shooting at a North Main Street gas station.

Ronald Sterling Branch Jr. is being detained at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, police said. He is accused of shooting 17-year-old Maxwell Hayes of Columbia, who was indentified today by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

The shooting happened shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the El Cheapo gas station and convenience store on North Main Street. Police apprehended Branch a few minutes later on Koon Road, which is less than a mile from where the shooting occurred, police reported.

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