HCPD: Suspect charged with murder for shooting after drug deal

More details on homicide on Highway 701
Christopher Evon Smith, (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Christopher Evon Smith, (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Aaron Lee Campbell, (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Aaron Lee Campbell, (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Horry County Police Department has formally charged a suspect in connection with a deadly shooting on Highway 701 and Highway 22 on Saturday, according to a news release.

Christopher Evon Smith, 30, of Little River, has been charged with murder and is currently in custody at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, according to the HCPD news release.

Another man, 40-year-old Aaron Lee Campbell of Raleigh, North Carolina, has been charged with forgery less than $10,000 in connection with this incident, and is also in custody at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Horry County Coroner Darris Fowler identified the victim as 25-year-old Cortland Gore from North Carolina.  Fowler said the preliminary autopsy results suggest Gore died from trauma sustained from a single gunshot wound.

Detectives learned that before the shooting, a drug transaction took place between Gore and Smith, where the money used was counterfeit. As a result, Smith began following Gore to the intersection of Highway 701 and Highway 22, where multiple shots were fired, the release states. The victim was struck, and Campbell fled the car without injury and ran to safety.

Fowler said Gore was shot while he was operating the vehicle and the victim's injuries led to the crash.  Gore was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives investigated and learned the identity of the suspect in the shooting, and at about 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, Smith was taken into custody by the Horry County Police Department near his home in Little River.

Campbell was taken into custody in connection with his involvement in the counterfeit bills, officials stated. Bond was set at $25,000 during a hearing Monday morning.

Smith will be arraigned Monday afternoon, however, because he is facing a murder charge, a bond hearing will be put on hold until he can appear before a general sessions circuit court judge.

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