Suspect in Vista nightclub shooting indicted on federal firearm charge

Fourth Vista shooting suspect released from hospital, sent to jail (Columbia Police Department)

A Federal Grand Jury indicted one of the suspects involved in last month's shooting in The Vista, according to United States Attorney Beth Drake.

Maleik Houseal, 22, of Newberry was charged with one count of a felon possessing a firearm. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and supervised release of not more than three years.

Houseal was one of four men involved in the September 17 shooting outside the Empire Supper Club. The shooting injured eight people, included Houseal; warrants state he admitted to firing back at John Bates, Jr. and Keveas Gallman in self-defense. Surveillance footage showed him firing a weapon and disposing of it in a nearby bush.

He spent two days in the hospital and was transferred to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center after he was released. He appeared on bond court on September 20, and his bond was set at $50,000.

Columbia Police Department deputies arrested Bates, Gallman, and Gallman's driver Jarvis Tucker on the evening of September 17. The three appeared in bond court on September 18. Bates and Gallman were denied bond, while Tucker's bond was set at $250,000.

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