North Charleston police make arrests in Jan. 1 fatal shootings

Harris (left) and Ford.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Nearly five full months after a string of New year's Day shootings, North Charleston police say they have two men in custody.

According to Chief Eddie Driggers, Montreal Ford and Jimmie Harris were involved in a fight at Club Crucial early the morning of Jan. 1.

Several hours later, police say Harris fired the first shots at Sabrina Green. Ford retaliated, opening fire and killing Janet Royal several blocks away, police said, which led to the third shooting that left Debra Randall Martin dead.

Driggers said both men have been taken into custody. Harris is being held in Georgetown County on one count of attempted murder, one count of murder, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Ford is being held in Charleston County on one county of murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Driggers said the shootings happened within a few hours of each other.

Harris is Royal's stepson; Ford is the Green's son, Driggers said.

Driggers said it took officers a lot of time to establish probable cause against Ford and Harris. He said information from the community helped build the investigation.

However, Driggers said investigators were still working on the case and thought there were other people involved. As a result, detectives are still asking for the community's help in identifying anyone else involved.

Ford's bond hearing will be held Friday morning. Harris' bond hearing will be scheduled once he is moved to Charleston County by federal authorities.