MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Horry County Police say the man who was shot after trying to rob an armed victim is now in jail on attempted murder charges for the crime.
The police department spokesperson Krystal Dotson confirms 18-year-old Richmond Clayton-Isaiah Collier, of Conway, is charged with two counts of armed robbery, attempted murder, pointing and presenting a firearm, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, unlawful carry of a pistol, and malicious injury to property.
The victim of the armed robbery in Myrtle Beach may just be alive because Collier’s gun jammed as he attempted to shoot at the victim.
Horry County Police officers were called to Factory Stores Boulevard off of Highway 501 in the Myrtle Beach area around 11 p.m. Sept. 28 for a shooting. The incident report notes that upon arrival, the officer was flagged down by a person on Waccamaw Pines Drive, who pointed the officer to a gun on the side of the road. The witness told police that the gun was possibly thrown by the alleged robber, later identified as Collier.
Another woman pointed the officer to where Collier was lying on the ground where he had collapsed after being shot, the report states. A witness to the shooting, also an off-duty EMT, was helping Collier until medics arrived.
The victim of the robbery told police he was “conducting security” at Grand Strand Baptist Church, located at 350 Hospitality Lane, when Collier approached him and asked for change for a $20 bill.
When the victim pulled out his wallet to offer change, Collier pulled out a gun, pointed it at the victim’s stomach, and demanded the wallet. The victim handed over his money, according to the police report, and as Collier began to walk away, the victim pulled his own weapon.
Collier then fired a shot into the victim’s car door. The victim shot back at Collier, police report, and as Collier attempted to fire another shot, his gun jammed, according to the arrest warrant.
The police report says the victim “emptied his weapon” shooting at Collier. The arrest warrant says Collier was “struck eight times.” After being shot, Collier reportedly ran to the parking lot of Ruby Tuesday, just across from the Tanger Outlets, where he told a witness he had been shot and needed to go to the hospital.