Sheriff: Five arrested in 'gangland-style' murder that killed 1 SC man
Columbia, S.C. (WACH)-- A March "gangland-style" murder outside of a Two Notch Road nightclub has resulted in the arrest of five individuals.
Sheriff Leon Lott says that the death of 24-year-old Pierre Wilson was intentional and has been confirmed to be affiliated with a gang.
During the early morning hours of March 22 Wilson and his brother Damonte Meetze, 20, were viciously ambushed outside of Club Reveal.
The Sheriff says that the crime scene was one of the most ruthless in recent memory. According to Lott, the five men arrested lined up outside the bar and opened fire on Wilson and his brother. Investigators recovered approximately 50 shell castings outside of the bar from an assault rile and different caliber handguns.
According to the Sheriff, “ This is what law enforcement is having to deal with, bad guys having access to high powered weapons, and not being afraid to wreak havoc based on their personal beefs, with no regard for innocent bystanders.”
The Sheriff says that Barry Reed,22, was the ring leader in this murder and drug ring, and was arrested in Seattle.
Reed has been arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime
Also arrested in connection to the shooting was Anthony Brevard,27, Benjamin Chestnut,22, Calvin Rockmore,25 and 27-year-old Corey Sanders.
Investigators also recovered nine other weapons, $60,000 in cash and 12 pounds of marijuana following a coast-to-coast investigation.
The arrests made followed more than 100 hours of investigative work from the east coast to the west coast.
The Sheriff says that ultimately this was a personal beef over drugs and money and that thankfully the ruthless ringleader and his accomplices are behind bars.
Wilson was shot in the upper body and passed away, while his brother,Meetze escaped largely unscathed.
While deputies executed a search warrant on Reed, his younger brother 22-year-old Britton Reed was arrested and charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol for having the stolen weapon of a University of South Carolina police officer in his possession.
Also while executing the search warrant, 23-year-old Van Fore was also arrested and charged with the unlawful carrying of a pistol.