Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

From MyrtleBeachOnline.com of May 30, 2006
2 gunned down in botched robbery

Police: Muggers, victims trade shots

Two men were killed early Monday in a gunfight sparked by an armed robbery attempt near the intersection of Cassandra Lane and 22nd Avenue South, Myrtle Beach police said.

The incident occurred within about 10 blocks of a robbery and shooting that took place in the 1300 block of Kings Highway a day earlier. That incident was not fatal. Police have not said whether the two incidents are related.

Terry Smith, 26, of Hopkins, died about 4 a.m. Monday in the street at Cassandra Lane and 22nd Avenue. Jonathan McCullough, 18, of Greenville, died about 45 minutes later at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

A police incident report said that Smith and a friend, Charles Melvin Stocker Jr., 26, of Hopkins, were near Cassandra and 22nd when McCullough and another person approached and tried to rob them at gunpoint.

During the robbery, McCullough shot and killed Smith, police said. Stocker then pulled a gun he had and fired on McCullough, police said.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said both men were shot multiple times while within a few feet of each other. She said autopsies will be performed today.

Police said charges are pending against two adults and a 15-year-old boy.

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