A man was arrested late Friday night in connection with a deadly shooting that occurred Thursday in the Freemont community of Longs, according to Lt. Raul Denis, spokesman with Horry County police.
Keontrail Jhamarcqwez Wilson, 18, of Longs is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime and was booked at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center where he is currently being held, according to jail records.
Ickle Tilinn Stanley, 28, died at 2:55 a.m. Thursday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center from a gunshot wound to the chest after being shot at an underground nightclub in Longs, authorities said.
Officers were called about 2 a.m. Thursday to S.C. 9 in Little River in regards to a shooting victim who had been transported to the hospital, Denis said.
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This recent shooting is the 11th to take place in the Longs area since Feb. 16, including three murders in less than a month’s time during the spring, two of which also occurred at Longs-area nightclubs. It’s the fifth shooting-related homicide in the area this year:
▪ On March 22, Don Terrell Simmons, a 28-year-old from Loris, was gunned down outside Club Ciroc, an unlicensed nightspot in a shopping plaza on S.C. 9.
▪ On March 27, Terrance Wilson, 20, died in a shooting at Club 13 on Freemont Road.
▪ On April 18, a gun battle erupted at The Party Shop on S.C. 90. Police found 18-year-old Quentin Reeves lying facedown. Four people have been arrested in connection with his murder.
▪ Taizaun Dewitt, 14, was killed May 2 after a bullet struck him in the face. Rodrez Daquell Stanley, 21, of Longs, was charged with murder in Dewitt’s death after turning himself in.
Police said earlier this year they aren’t sure if any of the shootings are related. They have noticed another problem in Longs.
“We have seen an upturn in gang activity and instances of gang affiliations,” said Denis in April. “However, we can’t really say one was retribution for the other.”
Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said in April the Longs region, generally speaking, has long grappled with three challenges.
“It is drugs, gangs and guns,” he said. “That’s never a good combination.”
A Community Empowerment 2015 Peace Rally was held in the area off S.C. 90 in western Horry County earlier this year after the string of shootings. The rally centered on finding ways to stop the violence that has left Longs community youth dead.