Police seek two suspects in shooting, fatal crash in Socastee early Tuesday

troot@thesunnews.com vgrooms@thesunnews.comDecember 17, 2013 

— Two men are wanted by Horry County police in connection with a shooting and fatal crash that occurred early Tuesday on Luttie Road in Socastee, Lt. Robert Kegler said.

Ronald Terrel Hamlet, 28, of Kingstree and Michael Scott Stevenson, 27, of High Point, N.C., are each wanted for attempted murder and armed robbery, charges that stem from the shooting portion of the incident only, Kegler said. The deadly collision that followed the shooting is still being investigated, and additional charges are possible.

The crash was reported at 5:26 a.m. Tuesday at 4481 Socastee Blvd., which is near the Kangaroo convenience store, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol website.

Elvan Douglas, 35, of Socastee was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said. Douglas died of multiple trauma due to the crash, and there was no evidence of gunshots or anything to indicate that drugs or alcohol were involved, Fowler said.

Socastee Boulevard between Manor Circle and the north entrance of Brandymill subdivision was closed for about six hours while Horry County police and Highway Patrol troopers reconstructed the crash, Kegler said. The road was reopened by 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Two suspects ran from the crash and police searched for them, but Kegler said there was “no threat to the area.” If residents living and working in the Socastee area see anything suspicious, they should call police, he said.

The crash also knocked out power to 1,258 customers of Horry Electric Cooperative who live along Socastee Boulevard from U.S. 17 Bypass to Dick Pond Road, to the Intracoastal Waterway to Palmetto Pointe Boulevard, according to the cooperative’s website. Crews had restored the power by 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police believe the crash was intentional and related to the shooting that occurred just before along Luttie Road, Kegler said.

Anyone with information concerning the location of Stephenson and/or Hamlet are asked to call the Horry County Police Department at 915-TIPS.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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