Police issue warrants in one of the Memorial Day weekend shootings

May 30, 2014 

Myrtle Beach police have issued arrest warrants for a suspect in one of several shooting incidents during Memorial Day weekend.

Police said an investigation has led to warrants against Cornelius Ray Woods of High Point, N.C. that charge him with attempted murder, use of a firearm in a felony, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person related to the shooting. Police released a video earlier this week related to an incident at Fountainbleau Inn at 701 Flagg St.

According to information released Friday by Capt. David Knipes of Myrtle Beach police, investigators located a crime scene outside room 210 at that motel. Police said the video did show the shooting, and the subjects involved. The victim was located but wasn’t cooperative, police said.

Knipes said police received information from High Point Police Department in North Carolina that included the possible identity of the people.

A joint investigation with the High Point police, helped investigators identify all parties involved. The investigation also revealed the shooting was drug related, according to Knipes.

He said police we’re able to identify the shooter in the video as Woods, 41.

The video showed three men walk into a motel room at the motel around 4:30 a.m., before the shooting occurred.

Less than a minute later on the video a man stumbles out and a gunshot can be seen hitting the victim in the leg and then a box in the hallway. A man in a white tank top and black shorts chases after the victim, who limps down the hallway.

The two other men come out of the room and go in the opposite direction down the hallway before the suspect returns to the room and runs into the hallway followed by a woman. The woman continues on, but the suspect returns to the room before he leaves again.

Police found the room empty and learned that two people jumped from the second floor hallway after the shooting.

Officers watched the video and reported the suspect appeared to have a gun in his left hand and possibly a knife in his right hand, according to the report. Officers found a 9 mm shell casing and a deformed bullet in the hallway.

Woods was on federal probation a the time of the shooting and not allowed to leave the state. He was held Friday in jail in Guilford County, N.C. for an unrelated shooting in High Point, according to Knipes’ release.

Additional charges are expected for other parties involved.

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