Myrtle Beach woman charged in Socastee shooting, crash incident; search continues for two men

troot@thesunnews.comDecember 18, 2013 

— A Myrtle Beach woman is jailed and Horry County police continued Wednesday to look for two men wanted in connection with a shooting and fatal vehicle crash in Socastee.

Jessy Larinda Bracey, 23, of Myrtle Beach was taken into custody at the scene of the deadly intentional crash early Tuesday and taken to a local hospital to be examined, Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler said.

Bracey was later booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on charges of armed robbery and attempted murder and is being held pending a bond hearing, according to jail records at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police filed the charges against Bracey and issued arrest warrants for Ronald Terrel Hamlet, 28, of Kingstree and Michael Scott Stevenson, 27, of High Point, N.C., were in connection with a shooting that occurred just before a vehicle crash that killed a Socastee man. Police believe the two men ran from their vehicle after the 5:30 a.m. Tuesday crash on Socastee Boulevard. It was unclear who was driving that vehicle.

The crash is under investigation and additional charges against the trio are possible when that investigation is finished, Kegler said.

Elvan Douglas, 35, of Socastee was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said. Preliminary autopsy results showed that Douglas died of multiple trauma from the crash.

A series of events occurred before Douglas was killed in the crash, which police said was intentional.

In an Horry County police report a 37-year-old man was shot in the arm and officers found him hiding in some weeds along Spring Creek Drive, which is off of Luttie Road. A 52-year-old man told officers he heard two gunshots about 5:15 a.m. Tuesday and saw a vehicle parked near the dumpster.

The unharmed man told officers he walked over to the car and heard the gunshot victim moaning in the weeds, according to the report. The shooting victim told police he was at a townhouse there playing “a friendly game of poker” and when he was walking back to his vehicle two men came up to him and started shooting at him.

The victim was shot in the arm, but he did not know the men who shot him, according to the report. The officer noted the victim appeared to be in a lot of pain before he was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment.

In a second Horry County police report, an officer met a 49-year-old man, who emergency responders thought was having a heart attack, outside the townhouse complex. That victim said he was at a townhouse on Spring Creek Drive and walked outside when two men wearing stocking caps and armed with guns walked up.

That victim said the armed men ordered him, a 27-year-old woman and 43-year-old man to the ground and to empty their pockets, according to the report. The 49-year-old man said the 37-year-old shooting victim tried to run away, but the suspects shot him in the arm.

The suspects then drove away in a small white two-door car.

The 49-year-old man said Douglas, who died in the crash, got into his truck and chased after the suspects onto Socastee Boulevard, where the crash occurred, according to the report. The 49-year-old man was taken to the hospital by EMS to be checked out.

The vehicle crash happened near the Kangaroo convenience store at 4481 Socastee Blvd. Douglas was pronounced dead at the scene and officers took Bracey into custody there.

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.

Police searched the area for Hamlet and Stevenson, but did not find them following the crash.

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.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Stephenson or Hamlet are asked to call the Horry County Police Department at 915-TIPS.

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