Seventh suspected wanted in Richland County pool shooting turns himself in, sheriff says

Seven people have been arrested in a pool shooting in Richland County last month in which at least 80 shots were fired and a 16-year-old was injured, Sheriff Leon Lott said.

Lott held a news conference Friday to update the investigation into the May 28 shooting at the Village at Lakeshore community. The injured 16-year-old survived.

“I made a promise that we were going to get to the bottom of this and that’s what we’re doing,” Lott said. “And we’re nowhere close to being finished.”

After initially reporting that six people had been arrested at the news conference, Lott said a seventh suspect, 22-year-old Joshua House, was still wanted. House was considered the most dangerous because he wielded an automatic rifle during the shooting and fired “many, many rounds.” House was scheduled to turn himself in on Thursday, but didn’t.

On Monday, at about 8 a.m., House was arrested when he turned himself in at the sheriff’s department headquarters.

Joshua House, 22, is wanted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office after failing to turn himself in behind a community pool shooting at the Village at Lakeshore on May 28, 2024.
Joshua House, 22, is wanted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office after failing to turn himself in behind a community pool shooting at the Village at Lakeshore on May 28, 2024.

House was out on two bonds for unrelated charges during the time of the May shooting, Lott said.

Beyond House, Lott said that the investigation is far from over and he anticipates more people will be arrested.

The “massive investigation” has “lots of good investigators working on it,” Lott said. “We still have more people we’re going to lock up.”

The shooting was motivated by ongoing disputes between at least three groups of young people dating back to a murder a year ago that occurred in the same neighborhood as last month’s shooting, Lott said. The pool shooting escalated after someone “had a chain pulled off their neck,” Lott said.

”We’ve got a flow chart of which team each individual is on and what shootings they’re involved with,” Lott said.

During the investigation, deputies have recovered around 80 shell casings from the shooting, some of which have been connected to three other shootings, two in Fairfield County and another in Richland County, Lott said.

Two people were initially arrested after the northeast Columbia shooting. At the time, Lott said about 80 young people, many of them teenagers, had gathered at a community pool in the Village at Lakeshore community. Multiple shooters are believed to have fired into the crowd, Lott said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded at 8 p.m. to reports of a shooting in the 400 block of Fresh Water Drive, The State reported at the time.

Deputies say they saw 17-year-old Treshawn Keller running from the scene with a gun and chased him down on foot. Keller is facing charges of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, unlawful possession of a machine gun and possession of a stolen pistol

Another suspect, 21-year-old Michael Abara, was also arrested in relation to the shooting later that week. He faces charges of aggravated breach of the peace.

Also arrested were:

Tramell Richardson, 19, arrested June 3 on charges of aggravated breach of the peace and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature

Donrae Frierson, 17, arrested June 10 on charges of aggravated breach of the peace and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Kaelon Dixon, 19, arrested June 12 on charges of aggravated breach of the peace and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Patrick Oliver, 17, arrested June 12 on charges of aggravated breach of the peace and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Several of the suspects were carrying guns when they were arrested, Lott said, but investigators have not been able to tie those weapons to last month’s shooting.

“That means they got rid of those guns (used in the pool shooting), or gave them to somebody else, and then got their hands on other guns,” Lott said.

Deputies also recovered three guns, including a stolen gun that had been modified with a Glock switch, an illegal device that can turn a pistol into an automatic weapon.

Guns fired by teenagers have been a focus for the sheriff’s department in recent years. Nine people, four of them high school students, were shot last year at a 1 a.m. after-prom party in Meadowlake Park.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.