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MBPD arrests one of two suspects in shooting over pot

Chris Bellamy, Jr. (Source: MBPD) Chris Bellamy, Jr. (Source: MBPD)
Richard Earl Hemmingway (Source: MBPD) Richard Earl Hemmingway (Source: MBPD)
Chris Bellamy was arrested on Tuesday by the US Marshals  (Source: MBPD) Chris Bellamy was arrested on Tuesday by the US Marshals (Source: MBPD)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Myrtle Beach Police have arrested one of two shooting suspects after a male victim was found laying in a yard on Ragin St. with multiple gunshot wounds on Feb. 14.

Sgt. David Knipes said that the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force assisted Myrtle Beach Police in arresting 28-year-old Christopher Bellamy Jr. on Collins Street in Myrtle Beach Tuesday.

Bellamy was wanted in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on Feb. 14. His charges are listed as attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

According to a police report obtained by WMBF News, an MBPD officer was patrolling the area of the Booker T. Washington neighborhood just before 3:30 a.m. when he heard approximately eight to ten gunshots being fired.

The officer was directed to Ragin St. by dispatch where he located a male victim laying in the grass next to the roadway holding his leg and pointing toward an apparent gunshot wound near his knee. He also pointed out another shot in his groin area, according to the report.

The victim told the police officer that he had been shot by two black males wearing hooded sweatshirts, and informed the officer that the two suspected shooters go by the names "Murda" and "Jeezy."

Police were able to identify two suspects from those aliases and have issued warrants for their arrest in connection to the shooting. Chris Bellamy Jr. and Richard Earl Hemmingway have been identified as the shooting suspects.

The report goes on to say another witness, the victim's sister, was able to identify one of the suspects as "Murda." The female witness claimed to police that at approximately 7 p.m. Monday evening, "Murda" and another black male approached her home on Ragin St. asking if her brother, the shooting victim, was inside the residence.

When the female threatened to call police, "Murda" responded, "We're gonna get him," in reference to the shooting victim. The witness added that the second suspect yelled, "We're gonna kill him."

While being treated at Grand Strand Regional, the victim told police the incident stemmed from him smoking all of "Murda's" marijuana.

Police are still searching for Richard Earl Hemmingway, who will also face charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony.

If you have information on the whereabouts of Hemmingway, you are asked to call MBPD at 843-918-1320.

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