Suspect in Vista shooting faces federal charge
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- The Columbia Police Department announced that a suspect charged in connection with the weekend shooting in the Vista will remain in jail under a federal detainer.
Maleik Houseal, 22, is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
In working with federal law enforcement partners, the federal detainer has been placed on Houseal by the FBI.
Houseal has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm. All chargers are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
While in court Wednesday morning, a judge set Houseal's bond at $50,000 on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a crime of violence.
John Bates, Jr. who was another suspect involved remains in jail after a judge denied bond on his seven counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a violent crime.
Keveas Gallman, is also in jail after a judge denied bond on his charges of one count of attempted murder, unlawful possession of a pistol and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
In the meantime, co-defendant Jarvis Tucker was released from jail early Tuesday under a $250,00 bond. He was charged with accessory after the fact as he was the driver of one of the vehicles during the shooting.
Additional arrests are possible in connection with the shooting which injured eight people.
While an exact motive for the crime remains under investigation, CPD believes the shooting was an intentional act between two groups of people with an existing grudge against the other and not a random act of violence.
“The people who are perpetrating these violent crimes haphazardly shoot at intended targets. That’s a troubling trend especially when we recover multiple shell casings from multiple guns. We always say, ‘bullets don’t discriminate,’ Police Chief Skip Holbrook said.
Currently three of the victims in the shooting remain in critical but stable condition at the hospital. Three others have been released from Palmetto Health Hospital where Houseal was released from Tuesday.
Investigators continue to search for two vehicles of interest in connection with the shootings; a black 2006 BMW 3-series with South Carolina license plate NLB-507 and a dark, newer model Ford Mustang with paper tags.
Hours after the shooting, Police Chief Skip Holbrook declared the Empire Supper Club a public nuisance and revoked the business license as the incident occurred near the business.
Tuesday morning, Cheif Holbrook met with the owner of the club, Joe Stovall and his attorney Bakari Sellers and engaged in a professional, yet frank, discussion regarding the current situation as well as the circumstances regarding the shooting.
Stovall proposed specific steps he was willing to make to ensure the safety of the public and his customers if allowed to remain in operation.
These steps are currently being reviewed by officials with the police department as well as other city departments to ensure that the business is in compliance with City ordinances and licensing requirements.
The department asks anyone with any information on the shooting or the whereabouts of the person(s) in the vehicles of interest to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
CPD continues to partner with local and state police agencies on the investigation.