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One arrested, others sought after father killed near apartment complex

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Kevin Lewis (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Kevin Lewis (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Surveillance image from the AM PM Food Mart. (Source: Richland County Sheriff's Department) Surveillance image from the AM PM Food Mart. (Source: Richland County Sheriff's Department)
The scene at Deer Park Apartments. The scene at Deer Park Apartments.
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

One person has been arrested and others are being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of a man during an altercation between two groups in late July.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said 29-year-old Kevin Lewis has been charged with murder. Investigators are still looking for several others who were involved in the melee. According to investigators, Lewis is being uncooperative. 

Lewis is accused of killing 25-year-old Howard J. Nemley in the parking lot of Deer Park Apartments on July 24. A spokesperson for the sheriff's department told WIS Nemley was holding his 3-year-old child at the time of the shooting. That information was given to us in error, said the sheriff's department Thursday. The victim's daughter was nearby at the time of the shooting. She was not injured.

Lott said Nemley and a friend, Eric Salley, were outside that night when two groups of juveniles began arguing. Salley began provoking the juveniles to fight each other, the sheriff said.

A mother of one of the juveniles then got involved in the argument and called her boyfriend's brother, later identified as Kevin Lewis.

When Lewis and several others showed up at the apartment complex parking lot, the situation eroded, according to Lott.

"Mr. Lewis gathered up multiple people, they arrived at the scene," said Lott. "Mr. Salley was severely beaten."

Howard Nemley was then shot, and once on the ground shot again. Lott says his three year old was by his side. Originally it was reported the man was a bystander and had nothing to do with the gang violence, the sheriff wanted to clear that up.

"That's not true," said Lott. "He wasn't involved in the initial confrontation, but he was interjected into it. He was shot and it wasn't an accidental shooting."

The group beat Salley and shot Nemley and then fired again as he was running away, Lott said. Nemley was pronounced dead when he got to the hospital.

"Mr. Lewis is not cooperating with us, so we are asking for the public's help in helping to identify the additional people there," said Lott

"There is a war now that's going on, and it's the Richland County Sheriff's Department, and the community, against the gangs.  We're not going to let the gangs win. We're not going to let the gangs take over our community."

The sheriff's department is looking for the other people who were with Lewis when they got to the apartment complex. Lott said Lewis arrived in a gold GMC Denali and others rode in a green SUV. Surveillance images show Lewis and another man at the AM PM Food Mart just before the altercation.

"This is a tragic example of gangs and people getting involved in situations that should be resolved differently or with law enforcement interdiction," said Lott. "This could have resulted in innocent bystanders or people in apartments also being killed and there is absolutely no excuse for what happened, how this happened or why."

If you know anything about this incident or can identify any of the people involved in the incident, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Your anonymous tip could earn you up to $1000.

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