Horry County police arrest woman for allegedly firing shots at occupied vehicle

bdickerson@thesunnews.comMarch 25, 2013 

— Horry County police arrested a Longs woman during the weekend after she allegedly opened fire on a vehicle that had three people inside.

Police charged Ella Machado Weiss, 59, with four counts of first-degree assault and battery, according to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center website. She remains incarcerated under no bail.

According to a police report, Weiss’ nephew told police he’d been living at her house since the first week of August but was in the process of moving out.

The nephew had been paying Weiss $300 per month in rent during his stay, and told her he would come back Saturday to get the rest of his belongings, which she said she was OK with, according to the report.

After the nephew got his belongings, police said the suspect confronted him about taking her flowers and plants and being on her property. The nephew insisted the plants were his, and the two continued arguing.

Weiss eventually went into her house, got a gun and allegedly opened fire on a Mitsubishi Montero that her nephew and two others were in. No one was injured, the report stated, and police found what appeared to be a fresh, shallow hole above the license plate.

Three witnesses told police the suspect fired three to six shots, while Weiss and another witness said she fired up to four shots into the air and only because the nephew and another woman indicated they had a gun.

Police were given permission to search for this gun in the two cars that were at Weiss home. A weapon was not found, the report stated.

Contact reporter BRAD DICKERSON at 626-0301 or follow him at Twitter.com/TSN_bdickerson.

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