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Ocean Boulevard shooting suspect granted bond

At least one detained after Myrtle Beach shooting

Capt. Joey Crosby confirmed one suspect was in custody as the Myrtle Beach Police Department continues to investigate the shooting in downtown Myrtle Beach.
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Capt. Joey Crosby confirmed one suspect was in custody as the Myrtle Beach Police Department continues to investigate the shooting in downtown Myrtle Beach.

Raekwon Graham, one of five men facing charges in an Ocean Boulevard shooting on Father’s Day that left seven people injured, was granted bond Tuesday.

Judge Thomas Russo set Graham’s bond at $100,000 and ordered the 19-year-old from North Carolina to stay in Horry County until his trial.

Police say Derias J’Shawn Little worked “in concert” with 19-year-olds Tyron Elijah Daquan Steele and Raekwon Tariq Graham and 18-year-olds Jarvez Datwan Graham and Keshawn Datavis Steele to ambush a Stanly County, North Carolina, man in the moments before the shooting.

Little is accused of opening fire into the crowd, wounding a man, police say the group had quarrels with from a prior incident in North Carolina. The shooting was captured on a Facebook Live video that went viral and catapulted Myrtle Beach into a national spotlight.

Raekwon Graham and Jarvez Graham, who are cousins, and Tyron Elijah Daquan Steele turned themselves in within weeks of Keshawn Steele’s fugitive arrest in the case in Mount Gilead, North Carolina, after the Myrtle Beach shooting.

Raekwon Graham is charged with six counts of attempted murder.

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.

He was initially denied bond on the charges in a Myrtle Beach magistrate court earlier this year when his identity was mistaken for that of another Raequawn Graham, who has a lengthier criminal history. The judge deemed him a flight risk, citing the criminal history of the other Graham, born 10 days after Raekwon, but in South Carolina.

The court held a second bond hearing after the error was brought to light, but bond was still denied.

The only prior criminal history of Raekwon Tariq Graham, of Troy, North Carolina, stemmed from an arrest in Stanly County, North Carolina, on April 14, 2016 when he was charged with a misdemeanor injury to personal property. The charge was dismissed less than a month later.

Aside from his charges in the Myrtle Beach case, Raekwon Graham has not faced any other criminal counts in the Carolinas. And friends of his family say that’s because Raekwon is a good kid who was in the wrong place with the wrong crowd at the wrong time on June 18.

Russo ordered Graham to be electronically monitored after his release and to have no contact with any victims or co-defendants in the case.

Extradition hearings for the Steeles are scheduled to be held Dec. 13 in a Montgomery County courtroom in North Carolina, where they also faces charges.

Emily Weaver: 843-444-1722, @TSNEmily

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