Two charged in First Colony Mall shooting

Demarkus McCants (left) and Edward Reed, Jr., (right) have been charged with aggravated assault

January 4, 2010 10:32:55 AM PST
Demarkus McCants, 21, of Fresno, and Edward Reed, Jr., 18, of Stafford, have been charged with aggravated assault for a shooting that occurred at the entrance to Dillards at First Colony Mall on Thursday, December 31, at 3pm. McCants and Reed are currently in the Fort Bend County Jail. McCants' bond has been set at $75,000 for aggravated assault and $20,000 for a previous burglary in another jurisdiction. Reed's bond is set at $25,000.

According to Sugar Land authorities, both men were involved in a confrontation at the mall involving six men. Reed allegedly shot another man who was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center. The victim later recovered.

After Reed dropped the weapon, McCants reportedly picked up the gun and attempted to fire a shot, but the weapon misfired.

Investigators do not believe the incident was gang related or connected to any other incidents. The confrontation resulted from each group of men staring at the other.