HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – The third and final suspect wanted in connection to a shooting at a Myrtle Beach night club has been apprehended.
According to Horry County Lieutenant Raul Denis, the third suspect, Casey Richardson, wanted in connection to a shooting at Fat Boiz in June, is in custody. He was apprehended by another law enforcement agency and will be transferred to Horry County, Lt. Denis said Friday morning.
On Tuesday, Horry County Police arrested two men and were still searching for Richardson, in connection to last month’s shooting at FatBoiz Bar located at 2965 Fred Nash Boulevard, in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County.
Police charged both Jerrmon Gowdy and Calvin Ford with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Officials have not yet stated what charges Casey Richardson will face.
The June 28th shooting incident was the fourth shooting at the bar since April and that incident is what prompted police to take action.
“Well when it’s a dangerous situation as it is with this club, it becomes very important, very time sensitive and so we’re going to put a lot of effort into getting that process not just started but completed,” Lt. Raul Denis with the Horry County Police Department said.
That process requires establishing the business as a nuisance. In South Carolina it can fall under three categories of violations which include lewdness/prostitution, drug sales or activities and then a general public nuisance which covers shootings and any other threats to the community.
“It’s kind of a catch all but it is the gist of what public nuisance is. It is that the police every weekend have to go over there and waste their time, effort and energy at this particular place of business,” 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said.
In the case of Fat Boiz, police have now contacted the Solicitor’s office to serve all parties involved the appropriate paper work. The notice was sent out June 30th and owners have until mid-July to abate the nuisance. After the deadline a hearing will be set to close the business and under the nuisance statute the business can close for a year.
Solicitor Richardson says his office has closed nearly a dozen businesses in the last year, and it costs nearly $8,000 to do so.
News13 reached out to the owner of Fat Boiz who declined to comment.