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Extradition of 3 fugitives in Ocean Boulevard shooting might take a while

Ocean Boulevard shooting captured on video

WARNING: This video contains graphic content. A tourist caught the entire shooting on Ocean Boulevard during a Facebook live video. An officer was not shot during the incident, Myrtle Beach police say.
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WARNING: This video contains graphic content. A tourist caught the entire shooting on Ocean Boulevard during a Facebook live video. An officer was not shot during the incident, Myrtle Beach police say.

Three men awaiting extradition to Horry County on charges stemming from a mass shooting on Ocean Boulevard June 18 will remain in North Carolina holding cells for at least two more weeks.

The wait on extradition will be even longer for two of the men, who will have to answer to felony trafficking and drug charges in Montgomery County, North Carolina, before they can be sent back across the state line.

Brothers, Keshawn Datavis Steele, 18, and Tyron Elijah Daquan Steele, 19, have each been charged with trafficking opiates, possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances in Montgomery County.

Myrtle Beach police say Derias Little, along with Raekwon Graham and Keshawn Battle, exited a vehicle moments before sneaking up behind and striking their first victim in the Ocean Boulevard shooting on June 18, 2017.

“The defendant must answer to any charges in N.C. prior to extradition,” said Lt. Joey Crosby of the Myrtle Beach Police Department, a statement that was affirmed by the district attorney’s office in Montgomery County.

The Montgomery County charges were filed after officers served a search warrant at the Steeles’ Mount Gilead, North Carolina home, where they arrested Keshawn on the fugitive warrant from South Carolina. During the search, officers 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.

Tyron turned himself in to authorities 13 days later. Keshawn also faces other drug charges from the June 30 search, according to court records.

The Steeles are scheduled to appear before a judge on the Montgomery County charges and the extradition count on Aug. 22.

Tyron is also set to appear in court on Aug. 23 for a felony charge of shooting a high-powered rifle into an occupied home from an incident in April.

Jarvez Datwan Graham, 18, of Troy is set to have his next court hearing on extradition on Aug. 10.

All three are facing multiple counts of attempted murder from the Myrtle Beach shooting.

Ocean Boulevard was relatively quiet in the early hours of Saturday, June 24, 2017, as the strip crawled with law enforcement on the first weekend after Myrtle Beach’s highest-profile shooting in recent memory.

Emily Weaver: 843-444-1722, @TSNEmily

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