Man pleads guilty to shooting at Club Crush

Gerard Watts (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Gerard Watts (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A man the Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office considers a "repeat offender" has pleaded guilty for his role in a shooting at Club Crush.

That man, 30-year-old Gerard Antonio Watts of Myrtle Beach, was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center a few days after the December 1 shooting at the Club Crush gentleman's club. He was charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a pistol and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

The family and friends of the two shot during this incident got into arguments at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, causing the hospital to lock down for several hours.

While out on bond for the attempted murder charge, Watts was arrested on marijuana charges in February 2013. In April, Watts attempted to evade SC Highway Patrolmen, letting his car crash into a building.

After a foot chase, Watts was arrested and charged for the heroin he had in his possession and for threatening authorities. Watts was arrested on weapons and drug charges again in May.

On Sept. 5, Watts pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, use of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, possession with intent to distribute heroin second offense and threatening the life of a public official.

He has been sentenced to 13 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

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