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Myrtle Beach police charge second man with murder in Fountainbleau Inn shooting

Rashad Jazz Murphy
Rashad Jazz Murphy

Myrtle Beach police arrested a second man in connection to a deadly shooting early Friday morning at the Fountainbleau Inn in Myrtle Beach.

Rashad Jazz Murphy, 23, was arrested Wednesday on murder charges, according to Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police. Murphy is the second man who has been charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of 23-year-old Pierre Allen, of Andrews.

Murphy is being held at the Myrtle Beach jail awaiting bond.

Lourie Earl Maurice Pearson was charged Sunday night with murder, according to the Myrtle Beach jail website. Pierre Allen, 23, of Andrews died at Grand Strand Medical Center at 2:45 a.m. Friday from mass trauma from a gunshot, according to Darris Fowler, deputy coroner with Horry County.

Tysheria Di Quaysia Salters, 19, is charged with accessory after the fact to a felony and was also arrested Sunday, according to Myrtle Beach Jail records.

Myrtle Beach officers were called at 2:12 a.m. Friday to 701 Flagg Street, along with Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue, and officers said one person was shot. Police found one victim and attempted to do CPR, according to Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police.

Authorities investigating said that Allen was with Pearson and several others shortly before the deadly shooting, according to an affidavit.

A vehicle being driven south on Flagg Street stopped in front of Allen and Pearson, then Pearson walked over to the vehicle and called Allen over to the passenger side of it. When he got to the vehicle, Allen was shot in the chest and the vehicle took off, the affidavit said.

“Surveillance video does confirm that the defendant and co-defendants in the vehicle do work in concert to kill the victim,” the affidavit for Pearson says. It also states Pearson was “positively identified as being the person that called the victim over to the vehicle.”

The shooting rang out as the city was beginning to greet visitors for the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest, but police have not stated whether the shooting is connected to the festival.

The FountainBleau Inn was also the site of a shooting during Atlantic Beach Bikefest in 2014, and one person has been charged in that shooting.

Our Grand Strand News Alliance Partner WPDE contributed to this report.

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