Man dead after Pringletown shootout had just served time for manslaughter

Ishmel Rivers (BCSO)

Witnesses say Ishmel Rivers of Ridgeville went to another man's home Sunday evening, pulled two handguns and opened fire. Court records confirm he was released from prison on February 1 after serving most of a 5-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter.

Rivers is now dead after the man deputies believe he attacked returned fire. He died later Sunday at Trident Hospital in North Charleston.

He was originally charged with murder in 2012 and later indicted on a charge of voluntary manslaughter. He was originally released in February 2016, but was thrown back in prison for a year for failing to report to his probation officer.

Officials say Rivers was 19 when he shot and killed a 30-year-old man outside a nightclub on Yellowstone Lane off Old Gilliard Road in Pringletown.

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Currently 20-year-old Diamonte Evans is recovering from a bullet wound to the shoulder deputies were told was obtained during the shootout. When they arrived at the scene, Evans had been taken to a local hospital and Rivers was lying in the yard of the Pringletown home.

Deputies recovered two pistols placed on a cinder block. Witnesses told them the guns were taken from Rivers reach due to fear he would grab them and start shooting again.

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