The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced Friday they are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest for the person or persons responsible for the murder of a Longs man.
The ATF is offering up to $7,500 for information after Rainy Franklin Valentine was killed by a stray bullet about 3:58 a.m April 30 after a hail of bullets was fired at his home.
The suspect or suspects fled the scene after the shooting, and they remain unidentified, according to officials.
“This violent crime is being investigated by ATF Charlotte Field Division and the Horry County Police Department. ATF along with our law enforcement partners are committed to ensuring that our communities are safe, and that those who commit violent crimes such as this are held accountable,” officials said in a news release.
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Valentine was inside his home on the couch when he was hit by the stray bullet that killed him, authorities said.
Two “obvious bullet holes” were found in Valentine’s home, officers noted in a report of the incident. Valentine “was not moving and had blood on his upper body” when police arrived, according to the report. He was pronounced dead at his home about 4:30 a.m.
Other homes in the area were also struck with bullets that night - homes that officers noted in reports contained children as young as 1 year old.
Police believe the shooting death of Valentine is related to violence that happened about an hour earlier. Horry County police responded to a call of shots fired at the PNR Club at 268 North Green Sea Road in the Finklea Crossroads community of Loris around 2:30 a.m.
“Multiple victims were found suffering from gunshot wounds and were transported to a local hospital,” said Krystal Dotson, a public information officer with HCPD.
One man, Laquint O’neil “Neil” Boyd, 37, of Loris, was killed in the shooting that injured six others.
Two men have been charged in connection with attempted murder in the club shooting, but not charged in relation to Boyd’s death, police said.
Anyone with information can contact the Horry County Police Department at 1-843-915-TIPS. Those with information on Valentine’s case can also contact ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov, or contact ATF through its website at www.atf.gov/contact/atf-tips.
Tips can also be submitted to ATF through the ReportIt ® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting www.reportit.com. Calls and tips will be kept confidential, officials said.