Sheriff: Victim Died in Ambush Style Attack Over Drugs, Money
RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) – Several people were arrested in what Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott described as “one of the most ruthless (crimes) in recent memory.”
Pierre Wilson and his brother Damonte Meetze, 20, were “viciously ambushed” during the early morning hours of March 22, outside of Club Reveal, Lott said.
Crime scene investigators say they processed more than 50 shell casings from an assault rifle and different caliber handguns used in the attack at the club located in the 6500 block of Two Notch Road.
According to the Sheriff, “This is what law enforcement is having to deal with, bad guys having access to high powered weapons, and not being afraid to wreak havoc based on their personal beefs, with no regard for innocent bystanders.”
Wilson died from complications of a gunshot wound to the upper body; while his brother, Meetze, escaped largely unscathed, Lott said.
Sheriff Lott said the ringleader was identified as Barry Reed, 22.
Reed is charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Anthony Brevard, 27; Benjamin Chestnut, 22; Corey Sanders, 27, and Calvin Rockmore, 25 are also charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Sheriff Lott says the arrests follow more than 100 hours of investigative work, which included the identification of an expansive drug network that took his investigators from the east coast to the west coast.
The Sheriff says that ultimately this was a personal beef over drugs and money.
During a search of Reeds home, investigators recovered 12 pounds of marijuana, $60k in cash and 9 weapons to include stolen assault rifles, handguns, investigators say.
Lott said Reed’s younger brother Britton Reed, 21, was arrested and charged with the unlawful carrying of a pistol for having the stolen weapon of a University of South Carolina police officer in his possession; Van Fore, 23, has also been arrested and charged in connection with the unlawful carrying of a pistol, during the Department’s execution of the search of Barry Reed’s home.