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One dead in taxi at scene of Conway shooting

Lt. Selena Small of Conway police talks about fatal shooting on Dillon Street

A body was found in a taxi cab early Monday morning, Nov. 21, on Dillon Street in Conway. The person was dead of an apparent gunshot wound.
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A body was found in a taxi cab early Monday morning, Nov. 21, on Dillon Street in Conway. The person was dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

One person died Monday after an early morning shooting in Conway.

The Conway Police Department and Fire and Rescue and Horry County police were on the scene on Dillon Street near the intersection of Grainger Road in Conway about 6:40 a.m.

He wasn’t dead at the time.

Jalisa Mathis

Horry County police later Monday identified David John Bennett, 54, of Conway, as the man fatally shot in his taxi cab.

Tony Hendrick, deputy coroner for the county, said Bennett died of a single gunshot wound to the chest while behind the wheel of his cab on Dillon Street.

A body was removed from a Yellow Cab of Conway vehicle in the street Monday morning.

Lt. Selena Small of the Conway Police Department earlier said Bennett died of “apparent gunshot wounds,” and that police didn’t believe it was a suicide.

I looked in closer and I saw blood.

Jalisa Mathis

Small said police haven’t determined a motive.

Jalisa Mathis, who lives near the scene, said she saw a man in a black hoodie in her front yard early Monday morning and asked him what he was doing, to which he responded “waiting on a taxi cab.”

We called the police and everybody came. He was dead when they got here, I guess.

Jalisa Mathis

Mathis said she didn’t think anything of it, but after the cab arrived, Mathis’ mother noticed it idling with the door open and thought something was wrong with the driver.

Mathis approached the vehicle and called out to the man inside, who responded with moans.

“He wasn’t dead at the time,” she said. “I looked in closer and I saw blood. I said ‘mama, call the police because he’s been shot or stabbed.’ We called the police and everybody came. He was dead when they got here, I guess.”

Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian

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