Sheriff announces arrest in Apartment Complex Murder – Seeks Identity of Additional Suspects
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced today the investigation into the July 24, 2013 murder, at Deer Park Apartments, has lead to the arrest of Kevin Lewis (DOB 10-1-83) on charges of murder and investigators to seek the identity of others involved.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that two groups of juveniles (1 from Deer Park Apartments, the other from Brookside Apartments) had a verbal altercation in the parking lot of the Deer Park Apartments around 9:00 PM. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the victim, who lives at the apartments, was not part of either of the arguing groups and along with his friend Eric Salley (DOB 4-4-90) were outside at the time of the altercation. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Salley began provoking and cursing at the juveniles inciting them to fight each other. The Sheriff stated that one of the juvenile’s mother gets involved verbally in the situation and also calls her boyfriends brother (Kevin Lewis) to the scene.
The Sheriff added that Lewis gathers multiple people together and they drive, in two separate SUVs, to the Deer Park Apartments and become directly involved in the situation. Sheriff Leon Lott states that Salley is severely beaten, by the group of suspects that have arrived on the scene, and Salley flees on foot. Shots are fired which strike the victim in the upper body. The Sheriff stated that the victim runs away and is shot again in the upper body and dies as a result.
Sheriff Leon Lott states this is a tragic example of gangs and people getting involved in situations that should be resolved differently or with law enforcement interdiction. Sheriff Leon Lott added that 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. The Sheriff stated that there will be no tolerance for people who are involved in gangs, involved in altercations and put citizens lives at risk or for those who will not be cooperative in assisting law enforcement in solving crime.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Lewis has been charged for murder and booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and is being totally uncooperative in supplying the identities of the other suspects. The Sheriff added that Lewis arrived at the scene in a gold Denali with additional suspects; some of which were in a green SUV. The Sheriff stated that the Department knows that Lewis was seen at the AM/PM store on Parklane Road just minutes before the incident with another person and investigators are seeking the identity of the person Lewis was with at the convenience store; and those that arrived in the SUVs to the apartments.
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