Myrtle Beach brothers charged in connection with shooting, robbery

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Two Myrtle Beach teenage brothers were charged in connection with a shooting and armed robberies in the city. Kendrail Rankin, 18, was arrested on three counts of armed robbery, as well as attempted murder. 

Captain David Knipes with Myrtle Beach Police confirms Rankin's 16-year-old brother, Fitzgerald McDuffie, was also was arrested on charges of two counts of armed robbery, two counts of attempted murder and other charges in connection with two separate pizza delivery robberies.  

Rankin and McDuffie were each charged in connection with separate shootings. One happened January 11, near the Food Lion on Hwy 501 in the city of Myrtle Beach.  Two men were leaving the store and walking home. They told police they were taking a shortcut through the woods when two guys appeared out of nowhere. The one victim was robbed and the other shot in the leg as he tried to get away.

Knipes also said Rankin faces charges in connection with the robberies of two pizza delivery men in December as well. A delivery driver for Hungry Howies went to Carolina Breeze Apartments on Cedar Street on December 15 and was robbed at gunpoint. Then three days later, a 40-year-old pizza delivery driver for Pizza Shak told police he went to the 300 block of Cedar Street where he was robbed at gunpoint.

McDuffie was originally held with the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, but was transferred to J. Reuben Long Detention Center after he turned 17 so he can tried as an adult.

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