On February 3rd, 2014 at approximately 4:36PM Columbia police officers, Sgt. Sam Stein, Officer Daniel Bell, Officer Troy Engle, and Officer Brent Smith were dispatched by Lancaster County Communications to 960 Lancaster Ave, Columbia. (Columbia Plaza), for a report that a female in the parking lot with a gun shot another female. When police arrived at the scene 3 minutes later they found one woman laying on the ground by the rear drivers side of a green 1997 Nissan Pathfinder. The woman who’s name is Jamie Roland had a single gun shot wound to her abdomen, The shooter, Ashley Curry was seated in the front seat drivers side of the Nissan. Witnesses immediately identified as the shooter by as Ashley Curry, and she was immediately taken into custody by Officer Engle. Curry’s boyfriend Steven Smith was seated in the front passenger seat of the Nissan, and was also taken into custody. A Taurus .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol was recovered off of Curry at the time of her arrest. Officers say Curry made unsolicited spontaneous statements to the police, and others that she shot Jamie Roland in “self defense.” Curry also stated “I shot the fucking bitch, she deserved it.” This statement was heard by fellow police officer Brent Smith. Susquehanna EMS arrived on scene and transported Roland to the hospital where she underwent emergency surgery for non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation also showed that Curry, and Smith were in the Nissan Pathfinder, while Curry was driving prior to all of this in the Weis Market parking lot located in Columbia also. There was another woman named Alicia Glenn-McCowin also in the parking lot driving her car. Unknown to each other prior to this incident, Alicia ended up directly behind Curry as they made a right hand turn on to South 18th Street, traveling North. Alicia Glenn-McCowin remained behind Curry’s Nissan as they both turned left and began traveling towards Columbia Plaza. When both drivers entered the Columbia Plaza, McCowin stated that it was her intention to do some shopping at the Dollar General. McCowin stated that as she exited her car, she saw Steve Smith was approaching her and saying something to her. McCowin stated that she wasn’t sure what he was saying so she walked towards him, and at this point Ashley Curry exited her Nissan and began calling her a (N-word) scumbag. McCowin stated that Ashley curry was calling her this repeatedly.
Witnesses on the scene corroborated the story on the scene. According to the criminal complaint Curry’s outburst became louder and more aggressive, at that point multiple people started to approach the scene. Police on the scene learned from multiple witnesses that as Curry was continuing the attack on McCowin Jamie Roland, and her sister Crystal Manfred approached Curry to help McCowin. Roland, and Manfred were not involved but they were trying to help. As they approached Curry went back to Nissan, where they continued in a verbal altercation. however according to the police report there was no violence at this point. As the verbal altercation continued Curry accessed her gun and stood by the drivers door of her car, pointed the gun at Jamie Roland and pulled the trigger once time striking Roland in her abdomen. As Jamie Roland was laying injured on the ground Curry, and Smith locked themselves in the Nissan till the police arrived. Witnesses on the scene were there giving Roland first aid till the police arrived.
At 5:14PM Stephen Smith, Curry’s boyfriend was transported to Columbia Borough Police department and stated that Alicia McCowin was the aggressor, and it started at Weis Markets. He claimed that McCowin called Ashley Curry a “heroin addict” and tailgated Curry’s vehicle as they traveled towards Columbia. smith claimed that he told Curry to pull into Columbia Plaza to avoid McCowin. Smith also claimed that McCowin was the aggressor in the parking lot at Columbia Plaza. Smiths claims were refuted by independent witness statements. Smith claimed that Curry did shoot Roland, but it was in self defense. When Ashley Curry was interviewed she invoked her right to a lawyer and decided not to issue a statement concerning the shooting. She was transported to Lancaster County Prison and bail was set at $100,000.00 cash. She is charged with Aggravated Assault, Ethnic Intimidation, and Simple assault. Stay tuned as ColumbiaPaOnline follows this story. Below is a copy of the original police complaint. It is my opinion that no one deserved a bullet in this case, and maybe this all could of been avoided if someone would of called the police sooner. Your comments are welcomed.