Rick Chow Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Arrested, Suspect in the Murder of Cyrus Carmack-Belton


Rick Chow Wiki – Rick Chow Biography

Rick Chow, A South Carolina gas station owner was charged with murder on Monday after allegedly shooting and killing a 14-year-old boy.

Cyrus Carmack-Belton, 14, died on Sunday night in Columbia, South Carolina, after being wrongly accused of shoplifting by Rick Chow, the 58-year-old owner of a Shell gas station which has been known to have problems with violence and shoplifters.

Chow and his adult son chased Carmack-Belton out of the store and down the adjacent street after suspecting him of stealing bottled water. When they realized the teenager was carrying a handgun, Chow fired his pistol. He shot him once in the back, and the teenager was pronounced dead. Now, Chow has been charged with murder and is being held in custody until bail is set. Angry protesters descended on the gas station on Monday to share their rage, looting and smashing windows.

In an interview with DailyMail.com, Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford said Cyrus’ grieving family, who have not yet spoken publicly about his death, were in shock. ‘If you just lost your 14-year-old son, you’d be as upset as you’d expect them to be right now,’ she said. Rutherford posted an emotional Instagram video on Monday as Chow was charged, choking back tears as she described how Cyrus could have been ‘any of our sons’.

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Rick Chow Age

Rick Chow is 58 years old.

Community reacts to 14-year-old shot dead, and store owner arrested

She defended taking such a strong position on the case amid online criticism. ‘I am not a robot. I may deal with death every day, but most people would have a reaction to a child dying. ‘It’s not about being impartial… there is no wrong or right way to do that.’Police are yet to reveal why Cyrus, a 14-year-old, was carrying a weapon. They are still investigating how he obtained it, but say they are confident he did not open fire or point it at either Chow or his son.

Police say surveillance footage from inside the gas station – which is yet to be released – also proves that he did not shoplift. Chow’s gas station is a hotbed of shoplifting and violent run-ins with belligerent customers. The Richland County Sheriff’s Office is yet to confirm exactly how many times he called police for help over the last five years, but they say the volume of incidents is ‘very large’.

Before the incident on Sunday, his record only included traffic violations. In response to Cyrus’ death, protesters on Monday descended on the store to smash windows, spray graffiti and loot the inventory. Sheriff Leon Lott yesterday condemned the looting and lamented the fact he now had to divert deputies to protect the store when they should be in the community.

‘This case is about a 14-year-old boy who was shot and killed. It’s also about the person that was arrested who is being held accountable for it.’ That’s what our job is. Our job is not now to guard this store. And that’s what we have to do,’ he said at a press conference. Chow appeared in court yesterday for a brief hearing where it was determined that he will remain in custody until his bond is set.

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