COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Columbia Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting incident in the Vista.
Willie Lee Jones, 33, has been charged with four counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
The incident occurred at approximately 2:20 a.m. on the 900 block of Gervais Street.
Faith Wright, who goes to school in the vista said, “It’s definitely scary, cause I walk up and down those streets almost every single day.”
Officials say Jones discharged a shotgun in the direction of security staff inside the Social Bar and Lounge.
A member of management returned fire, striking Jones. He was later found at a hospital in a neighboring County and interviewed about his involvement in the incident.
A 26-year-old male was also struck and received non life-threatening injuries to the upper body.
CPD investigators determined that the security staff asked Jones to leave the nightclub near closing time.
“By all occurrences, they did the right thing, closing time they escort people out and they could not have prevented this as the person was just dead set on hurting someone,” Deputy Chief Melron Kelly said.
After failing to comply, Jones was removed from the business. He then returned with a firearm.
Jones is being held at the Alvin S. Glen Detention Center.