Suspect in Columbia Vista shooting that injured 8, free on bond


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- One of the men charged in the Columbia Vista Saturday morning shooting is now free on bond.

Jarvis Tucker, 26, was released from jail Monday on a $250,000 bond.

Tucker was not charged with shooting at any of the eight victims, he was charged with accessory after the fact.

According to police warrants, Tucker was driving a Ford Crown Victoria that the passenger, 28-year-old Keveas Gallman, fired at least two rounds which injured one of the victims.


ORIGINAL STORY: by Kristen Schneider

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) — Warrants obtained by WACH Fox News are providing more details about what police say happened during Saturday's early morning shooting in the Vista that wounded eight people.

Around 2 a.m. Saturday, those arrests warrants say John Bates, Jr. drove past Empire Supper Club in a Ford Mustang, then rolled down his window and fired multiple shot into a crowd leaving the club. Seven people were injured, including Maleik Houseal, who is also a suspect in the case, and Houseal's brother.

According to the warrants, club surveillance video shows Houseal firing shots at a vehicle and hiding the gun before leaving the scene. Warrants say he admitted to the shooting but told investigators it was in self-defense. Houseal will be charged once he is released from the hospital.

The arrest warrants go on to say that another car driven by Jarvis Tucker was also involved in the incident. According to investigators, Keveas Gallman was a passenger in the car and fired at least two shots with a .380 caliber pistol. Police say one person was injured by the shots. Tucker is charged with accessory after the fact in the case.

The arrest warrants allege that Bates, Jr. drove to Palmetto Baptist Hospital, where surveillance cameras caught him on tape. Authorities say witnesses also identified both Bates and Gallman after the shooting, in addition to the club's surveillance.

Columbia Police arrested Bates, Gallman, and Tucker Saturday evening. The three appeared in bond court on Sunday. A judge granted Tucker a $250,000 bond and denied bond to Bates and Gallman.

In a Saturday news conference, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook stated the shooting began because of a conflict between "opposing groups" and has not confirmed any gang affiliations at this time. CPD declared the club a public nuisance and immediately revoked its business license.

Additional charges are forthcoming, according to police. The department still seeks a vehicle of interest related to this case, a 2006 BMW 3-series with SC license plate NLB-507.

Stay with WACH Fox as we update you with information as it develops.

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