Little River man indicted on murder, attempted murder charges in November shooting

troot@thesunnews.comMarch 28, 2014 

Christopher Evon Smith

A Little River man was indicted on murder and other charges related to a shooting during a drug deal, according to authorities.

Christopher Evon Smith, 30, is indicted on the charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to Horry County grand jury indictments.

Smith was released March 6 on $75,000 bail after he was arrested on Nov. 24, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Horry County police charged Smith with murder following the shooting death of 25-year-old Cortland Gore of North Carolina, authorities said. Gore died from a single gunshot wound and died at the scene.

According to an Horry County press release, officers responded to the intersection of U.S. Highway 701 and S.C. Highway 22 at about 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23 for a reported shooting. Officers learned that Gore was fatally shot while driving causing the vehicle to crash. A passenger, Aaron Lee Campbell, 40, of Raleigh, N.C., fled the scene of the crash.

After investigation, officers learned that Gore and Campbell allegedly purchased drugs from Smith using counterfeit money.

Police said Smith then began following Gore and Campbell and multiple shots were fired, with one shot hitting Gore.

Detectives identified Smith as a suspect and located him at about 5:45 a.m. Nov. 24. They also located and arrested Campbell in connection with the counterfeit money.

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

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