Parents of brothers allegedly involved in Ocean Blvd. shooting speak at bond hearing
After being extradited from North Carolina, two brothers sat together in the Myrtle Beach jail early Sunday morning awaiting a bond hearing. The brothers are allegedly involved in the Ocean Boulevard shooting that left several injured and brought Myrtle Beach into national headlines.
18-year-old Keshawn Steele and 19-year-old Tyron Steele, of Mount Gilead, N.C. were denied bond by Judge Glenn Ohanesian, who found the two to be a danger to the community and flight risks. The brothers are facing charges of six counts of attempted murder.
“The fact that they live out of state, the fact that these charges are so serious, there’s almost an inherent flight risk,” Ohanesian said. “Today I’m going to deny bond on all six of the charges on each of the defendants.”
The shooting, which took place on June 18 around 12:25 a.m., sent several people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Several people from Mount Gilead, N.C. are now facing charges in connection to the shooting.
During the hearing Ohanesian said, “In one of the warrants one of the defendants before us today is alleged to have said ‘burn him’ right before the shots were fired, and the other was clearly attempting to distract the central victim, just prior to the shooting. As a result of that, I find both of the defendants to be potential serious dangers to the community and to the alleged victims.”
Both the mother and father spoke on behalf of Keshawn and Tyron Steele during the bond hearing, arguing that the two were not a flight risk.
“I’m going to tell you, your honor, they are not a flight risk,” father Tyron Steele said. “I will make sure, and I promise you that, the court date, anywhere they have to be down here in South Carolina, they will be here on time.”
He also said that Keshawn was set to attend East Carolina University and had a scholarship, but that the scholarship was canceled “due to this right here.”
Ohanesian still denied bond based on “the seriousness of what occurred in the summer, including the mass shootings and hysteria.”
In July Myrtle Beach officials announced that they were planning on charging Keshawn Steele, Tyron Steele and 18-year-old Jarvez Graham of Troy in relation to the shooting.
At the time, police did not specify how they would be charged, but a news release from the Montgomery County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office stated they were wanted for six counts of attempted murder.
After obtaining a search warrant for the Steele’s home, officials arrested Keshawn Steele on the fugitive warrant from South Carolina.
Keshawn Steele was arrested on June 30, police reports show. Thirteen days later, Tyron Steele turned himself in to officials.
A past riddled with crime
This isn’t the first time the Steele brothers have had trouble with the law. In Montgomery County Tyron Steele has faced charges of misdemeanor larceny, resisting an officer and simple possession of marijuana that were later dropped in Guilford and Randolph counties, both in North Carolina.
Tyron Steele was also accused of shooting a high-powered rifle into a Troy, N.C. home on April 7. At the time the home was occupied by two men, a woman and a 7-year-old boy, according to an indictment. That same night the Steele home was allegedly shot at by Roshum Dumas, a family member of the victims listed in Tyron’s indictment.
Keshawn Steele is still facing charges in Montgomery County after he was accused of delivering Xanax, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety, to two teen boys. The incident occurred on Jan. 24.
He was charged with two counts of selling/delivering Xanax and simple possession of a controlled substance after officials said they found three Xanax pills in his possession.
On June 8, 2015 Keshawn and Tyron were both charged with fighting, communicating threats and disorderly conduct after a street brawl, a police report states. In August 2015, Tyron was accused of possessing a cellphone stolen from a locker room at West Montgomery High School, where he was a student, a report states. That charge was later dismissed.
Both Tyron and Keshawn Steele have each been charged with trafficking heroin, possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances in Montgomery County, court records show.
During Keshawn Steele’s arrest with the fugitive warrant, officials seized up to 14 grams of opiates, 70 dosage units of Oxycodone, marijuana, money and a Glock firearm on June 30, according to police reports.
Keshawn Steele also faces possession charges for marijuana and drug paraphernalia from the bust.
The June 18th shooting
At approximately 12:25 a.m. on June 18, Myrtle Beach police officers responded to the area of 5th Ave. North and Ocean Boulevard because of the gathering of a large crowd, according to a police report.
The report states that before officers arrived on scene, a fight broke out between individuals. One individual presented a gun and shot the person he was fighting, officials said.
According to the report, the shooter allegedly fired multiple rounds and fled the scene by carjacking a vehicle. Several people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Within a few hours of the carjacking, police located the vehicle, and the alleged shooter, where he was apprehended.
The alleged shooter, Derias J’Shaun Little, 17, of Mt. Gilead, N.C. was charged with seven counts of attempted murder shortly after the shooting.
Little was later denied bond for the seven charges of attempted murder. He also faces a car jacking charge.
In July, Raekwon Tariq Graham, 18, of Troy, N.C., was held without the possibility of bond after he was charged with six counts of attempted murder in connection with the Ocean Boulevard shooting.
Each of the six counts of attempted murder carries a maximum of 30 years in prison.
During the hearing in July, Judge J. Scott Long said that Graham could be a flight risk, and that he had several pending criminal charges in Richland County. Long said that the charges included sex/assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, burglary, assault and battery and malicious injury to animal, person or property.
During the shooting a man shot a Facebook live video, causing Myrtle Beach to reach national news. By 10:45 a.m. June 18, the video had reached nearly 500,000 viewers. Now, the video has been viewed more than 4 million times.