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Horry police investigating murder in Little River area

Roughly 20 killings in Horry County in 2018 garnered headlines

Area police agencies had about 20 killings that caught their attention in 2018. Some of the incidents included a shooting in a public bathroom, a crime-spree that spanned two states and a shooting at a popular, oceanfront bar.
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Area police agencies had about 20 killings that caught their attention in 2018. Some of the incidents included a shooting in a public bathroom, a crime-spree that spanned two states and a shooting at a popular, oceanfront bar.

Horry County police are conducting a homicide investigation in the Little River area Tuesday morning.

Police Spokeswoman Mikayla Moskov confirmed a murder investigation near Sanford Road, but did not offer any further details. The Horry County Coroner’s Office has not released the victim’s name.

The incident was reported about 1:30 a.m. Sanford Road is off S.C. Highway 57.

According to police radio traffic, a caller reported one person was shot at a residence on Sanford Road.

Nonna Grant lives next door and said her grandson heard the shooting and woke her up. They then saw a dozen police and fire vehicles parked along their road.

“I knew something was up,” she said.

The neighborhood is mostly elderly people and there has never been an incident like this, Grant said.

The site of the shooting — a dilapidated, yellow mobile home — sat quiet Tuesday morning with several cars parked around the property.

Dion Wilson rents the property where the shooting happened and said he was told about it by a neighbor who heard the shots.

“It kind of hits home,” he said of a murder happening at one of his properties.

Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.

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