Myrtle Beach (PalmettoTimes) – The Myrtle Beach shooting was one of those events that just occurred on the spur of the moment without anyone realizing what the final causal chain would be. A tourist in a nearby hotel was filming the crowd, thinking that they were dancing. Then chaos broke, and there was gunfire. The shooter injured 6 people before entering a car and zooming off. In the end, about 4 million people saw the live video.
In the aftermath of video, police have identified the shooter as seventeen-year-old Derias J’Shawn Little. Minutes after the shooting, he was detained and taken to a hospital where he received treatment for injury he received when a security guard returned fire.
Little has been in and out of jail a couple of times. His first arrest was for stealing two pit bulls. His other crimes have always been property crimes, none as violent as the mass shooting.
The other people involved in the shooting are 19 year olds Raekwon Tariq Graham and Tyron Elijah Daquan Steele, 18-year-olds Jarvez Datwan Graham and Keshawn Datavis Steele. These young men worked in concert to attack a man from Stanly County.
The shooting was as a result of a turf war between a gang in Mount Gilead and another in Albermale, Stanly County. From all indications, it all started when a man from Mount Gilead was killed in Albermale in 2015. According to Police, the suspected gangs are the United Blood Nation, in Albermale, and the Money Chasin Gang, the one involved in the Myrtle Beach shooting.
According to Jason Hensley, assistant police chief in Mount Gilead, “I can say that we have had problems in town with that crowd coming over, starting fights; our crowd going to Albemarle starting fights with them. There’s not like this ongoing, ‘we’re going to kill everybody’ feud. (But) there is a rivalry.”
The Police has charged Little with Seven counts of attempted murder and one count each of carjacking and possessing a weapon in a violent crime. He attempted to get bond on the attempted murder charges, but was denied and remains incarcerated.
The two Steeles and Little all hail from Mount Gilead.
The town is a small town of about 1100 people. However, it is one that is very rich in legends and history. Virtually all the buildings in downtown Mount Gilead are on the National Register of Historic Places. The locals also believe that the nearby Uwharrie National Forest is home to a race of Big Foot. With a light sense of humor, Hensley stated that if Big Foot was looking for a place to hide, the area would be quite ideal.
However, the town didn’t prove to be much of a hiding place for the other men involved in the shooting. Jarvis Graham, Raekwon Graham, and Tyron Elijah Steel turned themselves in after the fugitive arrest of Keshawn Steele.
The Steele brothers are not new to law enforcement. Tyron Steele has faced charges of larceny, resisting an officer, and illegal possession of marijuana. Tyron’s fugitive warrant charges him with five counts of attempted murder, while Kaeshawn’s warrant charges him with six counts of attempted murder. The same goes for Jarvez Graham.
The only person who has not really had much trouble with law enforcement is Raekwon Tariq Graham. The only previous trouble he had with law enforcement was a 2016 misdemeanor injury to personal property. The charge was later dismissed in less than a month.
Aside from that, his record is pretty clean. His family friends say that he is a good kid who was in the wrong place, with the wrong crowd, at the wrong time. He spent his 19 year old birthday at the J. Reuben Ling Detention Centre after the court denied him bond.
He pleaded with the court for leniency. “I just want to go back and attend school, have a chance to finish the school that I started,” Raekwon said.
He graduated from Montgomery High School but his grades were not good enough to take him to college. He has tried to remedy that by enrolling in Livingstone’s Bridge and Beyond program. The summer program is one that helps students get ready for college.
Raekwon had been there for a month before he heard that he was a suspect in the Myrtle Beach shooting. As a result, he cut his program short to go back and face his charges.
Whatever it is he might have been doing at Myrtle Beach, it all seems to be a cascade of events that he never knew would bring him to limelight.