MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The second man arrested in connection with the Myrtle Beach shooting on Ocean Boulevard in mid-June that injured seven people was in court Friday.
According to Lt. Joey Crosby with the Myrtle Beach Police Department, Raekwon Graham, 18, of North Carolina, is charged with six counts of attempted murder.
During his bond hearing, Graham stood before the judge who touched on charges from March 2016 out of Richland County. The judge thought those charges were in Graham’s criminal history, and he noted that he considered Graham a flight risk, and denied bond on all six counts of attempted murder.
The affidavit for Graham’s arrest details show a large group of people was walking south on Ocean Boulevard just after midnight on June 18. Police say three men, to include Graham, Keshawn Steele and Derias Jshawn Little, the man who was denied bond Tuesday morning on seven counts of attempted murder for the same shooting, worked together to attack one man. Investigators say the trio of men was in a car in the roadway on 4th Avenue North at Ocean Blvd, when Graham got out of the car, stood on the hood, and began yelling at the large crowd of people walking down Ocean Blvd.
Police say Graham’s goal was to distract one victim in particular, while the other suspected attacker, Derias Little, walked behind the group, sneaking up behind the victim and hitting him in the head. The victim attempted to run from the three men, but “[was] chased and attacked by Little, Graham, and Steele,” the affidavit reads.
When the victim was able to get away, Little pulled out a gun and walked toward the crowd of people and the victim, police report. Little began to fire shots into the crowd, hitting six victims, including the man he had just attacked, police say.
An armed security guard fired shots at Little, striking him with at least one bullet. Police say Little returned fire and the security guard was grazed by bullets. In an attempt to get away, Little walked down 4th Avenue North and carjacked a vehicle, police say.
Keshawn Steele was arrested in North Carolina, according to Lt. Crosby. Steele has pending charges in North Carolina that must be addressed before he can be extradited to South Carolina and served with arrest warrants.
In addition, there are two other suspects also awaiting extradition to South Carolina in connection with the Ocean Blvd. shooting. Lt. Crosby confirms Tyron Steele and Jarvez Graham were taken into custody in North Carolina. Both will be brought to South Carolina to face charges in connection with the shooting.