SHOOTING CAPTURED FATHER’S DAY 2017
The bond hearing was held yesterday for 17-year-old Derias J’Shaun Little of Mt. Gilead, North Carolina. Mt. Gilead is a suburb of Charlotte, N.C.
A report in the Charlotte Observer states: Court records in North Carolina show the teen has pending trials for offenses including possession of controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver; felony possession of Schedule I drug; felony breaking and entering; possession of a weapon of mass destruction; carrying a concealed gun; possession of a handgun by a minor; possession of stolen goods; and felony larceny. Most of the charges are related to incidents that happened last winter, records show.
North Carolina court records show he was found guilty in 2016 of stealing dogs and given a year’s probation, which he violated.
Little was denied bond on the seven counts of attempted murder. The shootings took place this past Father’s Day. A Myrtle Beach tourist Facebook Live-streamed the shootings. That video has now been seen by more than 4 million people.
Since the shootings, Myrtle Beach City Manager John Pedersen has elected to put barricades along most sections of ocean boulevard. Myrtle Beach merchants, whose businesses are down more than 30% on ocean boulevard this summer addressed Myrtle Beach city council yesterday asking that the barricades be removed insisting they frightened “would be” customers.
City Councilman Mike Lowder stated he believed MBPD had enough boots on the ground to take the barricades down now. Lowder stated more families are present in Myrtle Beach in July and, as such, the barricades were not necessary.
Mayor Rhodes, Councilmen Gray, Jeffcoat, Render, and Wallace said they would defer any decisions to take the barricades down to Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock.
One local merchant has since FOIA’d city government asking for any data Myrtle Beach police has on how effective the barricades are in reducing crime in the area. Neither Mayor Rhodes nor any of city council had prepared any data nor provided any studies to support continuing the barricades.
In conversations held by merchants at a meeting at the Dunes Club yesterday, downtown merchants expressed concerns the barricades should be taken down immediately. A small group stated they could not wait on city studies which would leave the barricades in place through the peak summer.
In announcing her run for Myrtle Beach city council, Myrtle Beach businesswoman Ann Dunham told the group the barricades hurt local business and must be removed.
Myrtle Beach City Public Information Officer told a local radio station this morning, “The Myrtle Beach police department reviews reports every shift and they tell us the barricades are working to keep people off the streets.“