MYRTLE BEACH — In the early morning hours of May 21, Charles Eddie Smith called 911 dispatchers to report a 40-year-old Little River woman had been shot inside his mobile home on Lincoln Heights Road.
Smith was charged with murder later the same day in the shooting death of Melissa Ann Scott of Little River, and currently is free on $100,000 bail. Horry County officials have released the 911 call that Smith placed around 12:30 a.m. on May 21, after the shooting. In the recording he can be heard telling dispatchers that he needed an ambulance because a lady shot inside my house.
I hope shes still alive. I think she is. Please come on please. Ill have the front door open, Smith can be heard telling a dispatcher in the call, which lasted about five minutes. The gun went off and she got hit. I did it. Whatever. We were messing in the bed.
Later in the call after being questioned by the dispatcher, Smith said The gun went off. I didnt mean to. Melissa, are you still here? Melissa. Melissa. Are you still breathing?
We were carrying on and messing around in the bed and the old .22-[caliber gun] went off, Smith said.
Smith put the phone down during the call to retrieve a cloth to hold over the wound, and he did not return to the line.
Scott is originally from North Carolina. Her family could not be reached Thursday for comment.
When police arrived at the home they found Scott, who had suffered a gunshot wound to her chest. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, Horry County police Sgt. Robert Kegler said at the time of the shooting.
Detectives, who were called to the home, learned that Smith and Scott got into an argument that ended with her being shot, Kegler said.
Smith called 911 and waited for police to arrive at the home and he was taken into police custody there, Kegler said.
A records check with the State Law Enforcement Division showed Smith does not have a prior criminal record.
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