Crime

Longs teen arrested in connection with deadly North Myrtle Beach shooting

Keith Richard Curry
Keith Richard Curry

A Longs teen confessed during a North Myrtle Beach police interview to gunning down and running over a Loris man as he fled after firing a fatal shot during a drug-related incident, according to authorities.

Keith Richard Curry, 19, was arrested in the area of Harbourgate Marina on Little River Road, but had not been charged Friday morning, jail records show, in the shooting death of 33-year-old Aaron Chestnut, who died from a gunshot wound, according to Robert Edge, Horry County Coroner.

While on patrol about 10 p.m. in Windy Hill on 37th Avenue South, two North Myrtle Beach police were flagged down by a group about a shooting, authorities said.

Officers began rendering aid to Chestnut who was unresponsive, called for EMS and secured the crime scene, according to Pat Dowling, North Myrtle Beach spokesman.

Chestnut was treated by North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue and Horry County Fire Rescue, and rushed to the hospital with bullet wounds, Dowling said. He later died at Grand Strand Medical Center, Dowling said.

Officers contacted a person who is an acquaintance of all involved and a witness to the incident. The witness told authorities they saw Curry shoot the victim for an unknown reason while the victim was partially inside the suspect’s vehicle. The witness said Curry was driving a dark blue Chrysler Sedan, and Curry was found and arrested, Dowling said.

During an interview at the North Myrtle Beach police station, Curry confessed that he shot the victim and drove over the victim’s body as he fled the scene in his vehicle. The suspect also assisted North Myrtle Beach detectives in retrieving the weapon used in the shooting from the Creekside Mobile Home Park, according to Dowling.

The shooting stemmed from a drug-related incident and is not connected to the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, Dowling said.

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