Suspects in a shooting in Columbia’s popular Vista entertainment district are from Newberry and drove several cars during the burst of gunfire that injured eight, according to law enforcement reports on Sunday.
Warrants obtained by The State newspaper begin to paint a clearer picture of the mayhem that erupted Saturday after midnight outside the Empire Supper Club.
The shooting was driven by a conflict between two groups, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said Saturday during a news conference.
The warrants obtained Sunday seem to indicate the gunfire began with several men shooting at one another from cars.
The suspect charged with seven counts of attempted murder, John Earl Bates Jr., 28, shot a fellow 22-year-old suspect, Maleik Houseal, as well as Houseal’s brother, according to the warrants.
That might indicate that a conflict between Bates and Houseal is at the center of Saturday’s shooting. Authorities also said Sunday that a second shooting around 5 a.m. at a Broad River Road club could be connected to the one in the Vista.
Holbrook said Sunday the Vista incident is not considered