Little River man charged in girlfriend’s assault, suspected in mother’s shooting

troot@thesunnews.comAugust 20, 2013 

Melvin Cordaro Johnson

A 25-year-old Little River man was charged with assaulting his girlfriend and is suspect in a shooting at his mother’s house that left a 72-year-old woman injured, according to Horry County police reports.

Melvin Cordaro Johnson, 25, of Little River was released 12 hours after he was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on a charge of first-offense criminal domestic violence, according to jail records. Johnson was freed on $1,000 bail.

Police plan to charge Johnson in connection with the shooting at his mother’s house on Monday, but formal charges had not been filed at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In the first incident, Johnson was arrested after a 24-year-old woman told police at 3:30 a.m. Saturday to 3779 Woodridge Circle in the Little River area that her boyfriend had assaulted her, according to the report. The victim said she got home about midnight and Johnson accused her of cheating on him with his brother and he grabbed and cut her on the shoulder.

The victim refused EMS treatment and officers took Johnson into custody in that incident without problems, according to the report.

In the next incident, reported at 5 a.m. Monday, police were called to Woodridge Circle for a shooting, according to the report. Police found a 32-year-old man walking toward them with Johnson following at a fast pace behind him.

Johnson had blood on him and went toward police in an aggressive manner, according to the report. The other man, a witness, who was armed with a knife, put the weapon down and told police to shoot Johnson because he tried to kill the mother of the witness.

Johnson continued toward police and an officer used a taser on him because he did not comply with verbal commands, according to the report. Johnson was taken into custody and police found his mother, a 47-year-old woman, with a gunshot wound.

Several women of various ages were taken for medical treatment, according to the report. Police also took Johnson to Seacoast Medical Center to be examined.

At 12:30 p.m. Monday, police learned gunshots were fired again at the home where the first shooting occurred, according to a police report. Police collected five shell casings and noted the front storm door was damaged.

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