Crime

Day of violence erupts in Longs. Four injured, one killed in multiple shootings

Devonta Edward Williams, 19, of Longs, was charged with murder, attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime after a shooting spree that injured two men and left one man dead on Freemont Road in Longs Saturday.
Devonta Edward Williams, 19, of Longs, was charged with murder, attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime after a shooting spree that injured two men and left one man dead on Freemont Road in Longs Saturday.

Multiple shootings injured four people and killed a former Loris High School football standout in Longs on Saturday.

Two people were injured when a gunfight and at least one other shooting erupted at The G Spot night club in Longs early Saturday morning, according to the Horry County Police Department.

Less than 12 hours later, another shooting considered “random” and unrelated broke out on Freemont Road in Longs, fatally wounding 19-year-old Levi Herman Moody of Loris and injuring two other men, according to police.

Horry County officers were called to The G Spot at 8160 S.C. 90 at 4:10 a.m. for a reported shooting in progress, Horry County Police Lt. Raul Denis said in a release. Once at the scene, officers were told that a fight that started inside the club was pushed outside and, once there, a man produced a gun and started shooting, Denis said.

“This man was immediately confronted by armed security guards employed by The G Spot and an exchange of gunfire resulted,” Denis said in the release. “The man surrendered to the security officers and was taken into custody.”

Twenty-two-year-old John L. Foster of Lumberton, N.C., was charged with attempted murder and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the exchange of gunfire with security officers, Denis said.

No one was injured in the shootout, but a second shooting that Denis said occurred at the same time and at the same club sent two victims with gunshot wounds to the hospital.

“Detectives are following leads on the identity of the person responsible for the second shooting and hope to make an arrest soon,” Denis said.

Anyone with information about the second shooting at The G Spot is asked to contact HCPD’s tip line at 843-915-8477 (915-TIPS). Information may be left anonymously.

Later that day, Horry County officers responded to the 600 block of Freemont Road for another shooting at 3:50 p.m.

Dispatchers received a call that a man was walking the street while firing shots at random and that another man had been shot and was lying in the roadway, according to Denis.

Officers arrived to find Moody lying in the road, Denis said.

Moody was pronounced dead at Seacoast Medical Center at 4:35 p.m. from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, said Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick.

Two other men were injured in the shooting, Horry County Police Capt. John Harrelson said at the scene Saturday night.

Both are expected to survive their injuries, Denis said.

Police arrested Devonta Edward Williams, 19, of Longs, charging him with murder, attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

The suspect was taken into custody after a long standoff with the Horry County SWAT and special operations teams.

Horry County police have responded to more than nine shootings in the Longs area this year.

In January, 31-year-old Christopher Alexander Sumpter of the Loris area died from multiple gunshot wounds while in surgery at Grand Strand Medical Center, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick. Officials said the shooting occurred near S.C. 905 in Longs.

Officers responded to another shooting on Freemont Road in February that sent one victim to the hospital with a gunshot wound. No death was reported in that case.

In April, the lifeless body of 22-year-old Shannon DiTillio, who officials say was pregnant when she was killed, was found in a vacant lot on Vera Road in Longs. DiTillio’s ex-boyfriend, 29-year-old Christopher Kalb of Ash, N.C., has been charged with DiTillio’s murder and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

In June, a gunshot victim was taken to the hospital after he was found walking down S.C. 9 in Longs. No death was reported in that case.

Daniel Frinks, 57, was shot by a homeowner when Frinks allegedly attempted to break into a home on S.C. 905 in Longs in August. Frinks survived the gunshot wound and remains in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center under a charge of attempted burglary. No bail has been set, according to the Detention Center’s website.

A month later, police found a vacant home on Foxtail Drive in Longs to be riddled by bullets, according to a police report. A neighbor told police she was awoken by the late night shooting, and it wasn’t the first time she has heard gunshots in the area. No injuries were reported in that shooting.

Last month, police responded to a shooting at a condominium on South Shore Boulevard where another person was shot. No death was reported in that case.

Emily Weaver: 843-444-1722, @TSNEmily

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