SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) A fifth suspect has been arrested in connection to the shooting that killed one Socastee man Monday night.
Sgt. Robert Kegler with Horry County Police Department says 22-year-old Kelly Michelle Pinnix, of Myrtle Beach, was arrested in connection to Monday night's shooting. Detectives discovered that Pinnix was at the residence where the shooting occurred at the time of the incident and did not report what she knew to police. Her charges are pending, Kegler adds.
Horry County Detective Sergeant William Squires said police rushed to Figure Eight Road in Socastee on a shots fired call around 11:30 p.m. Monday night. When officers arrived they found one man shot, Sergeant Squires said.
Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard identified the victim Tuesday morning as 37-year-old Jerome Green of Socastee. Green died from multiple gun shot wounds, according to Willard.
Sgt. Robert Kegler confirms Green was shot while inside a home on Figure Eight Road in Socastee but could not say whether he was the homeowner of the residence.
Kegler tells WMBF News detectives identified suspects Tuesday afternoon in connection with this crime.
Wednesday morning, 33-year-old Qwanda Patrice Brown Caldwell of Columbia was arrested in connection with this murder. Caldwell was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center Wednesday morning facing a charge of accessory after the fact to felony A, B, C or murder.
No bond has been set for Caldwell.
Detectives received additional information about the location of suspects Wednesday morning. Lanard Centrell Powell, 29, and 30-year-old Marcus Dwain Wright, both of Columbia, were located Wednesday in a Conway hotel and taken into custody for questioning.
Powell and Wright are charged with murder.
After those three arrests were made, police identified another suspect, 29-year-old Jacinda Elizabeth Wright of Conway, who was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact to felony.
The fifth arrest of Pinnix was announced Thursday morning. All five suspects remain in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
People living nearby are demanding more police presence in the area in wake of the murder. One man claims he's reported drug, prostitution and gang activity to local authorities, but hasn't seen officers take action.
"Somebody got killed last night and I haven't seen a cop in this neighborhood all morning," he said Tuesday. "If they'd patrol this neighborhood like they're supposed to, they know this neighborhood is bad. I don't understand why they don't patrol it."
We took his concerns to police, who say they will not be shifting a large number of officers to focus on the problem area. Kegler says, however, it is an area they plan to keep closer tabs on.
A description of any additional suspects has not been released by police, nor have authorities commented on a motive in this case.