Five people have been arrested in South Carolina after a shooting that police described as a confrontation between “rival gang members.”
The first reports of gunfire were made on Sunday evening at Mr. Joe White Avenue. The Myrtle Beach Police Department officers happened to be driving through the neighborhood, so they responded within 49 seconds and detained the first three people involved in 12 minutes, reports WAVY.
They would later arrest another two people involved in the shoot-out, including a juvenile.
Two people were shot and another one received injuries of a different kind. According to the police, their lives were not in danger and they all received treatment at a local hospital.
One of the men taken into custody was 18-year-old Dewan Cole, an active duty U.S. Navy sailor. He is currently in Norfolk, Virginia, awaiting extradition back to South Carolina. Cole will be charged with seven counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and unlawful carrying of a pistol.
Anthony Deantez Griffin, another arrested suspect, will be charged as an adult despite being 17. His charges include seven counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and unlawful carry of a pistol.
20-year-old Quandre Tyson will receive seven counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and unlawful carry of a pistol.
One man, 18-year-old Tristan Jackson is charged with disorderly conduct and giving false information.
Everyone involved in the conflict was identified as rival gang members from Chesterfield County, South Carolina, who traveled to Myrtle Beach planning to “resolve” an ongoing issue. It ended up in a shoot-out.
Two suspects managed to get away and are now sought by police. Antonio Trayvon Brown Jr, 22, of Cheraw, SC, and Dennis Dashawn Stewart, 20, of Cheraw, SC, are wanted for eight counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and unlawful carry of a pistol.
“Today, officers continue to evaluate evidence and conduct interviews related to last night’s incident,” says a May 18th post on the MAPD official Facebook page. “We want to make it clear that this behavior endangered the lives of members of our community and our visitors, and we will not allow it. We have a dedicated team of police officers who are committed to the safety of our community, strong law enforcement partnerships, and a network of nearly 1,000 cameras and license plate readers to help us identify violators. We will use every resource at our disposal to identify every person involved, and they will be held responsible for their criminal actions.”