Police seek shooting suspect, neighbors call for club to be shut down

Mugshot of Durance Antwan McCray from a previous arrest (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Mugshot of Durance Antwan McCray from a previous arrest (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

LONGS, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Police say they have obtained warrants for a suspect after one man was shot in the leg after a fight outside The G Spot night club early Monday morning.

Durance Antwan McCray, 24, was previously arrested for a stabbing at The G Spot in November 2013. Now, warrants have been filed against him for attempted murder, armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime. According to HCPD Lt. Robert Kegler, McCray is still being sought by Horry County Police; he has not yet been arrested and had warrants served.

Witnesses at the scene told police that a fight between two men started inside the club at about 3:30 a.m. Monday; witnesses and security guards tried to break up and fight and pushed the men outside the club.

Police were called, and when they arrived on scene, a large crowd of people was fleeing the area, according to the police report. Dispatch told police that a victim had been dropped off at a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound.

Officers met with the victim, who said that the suspect put a gun to his stomach, and then grabbed his necklace. The victim pushed the suspect away, and the suspect shot him in the upper thigh, according to the police report. The victim stated he didn't know why the suspect "would do him like that."

The club owner told officers that he has been trying to keep the club safe by hiring security, but said he had a "strange feeling about tonight," according to police report. Officers found a shell casing in the trash and took pictures of the club and victim.

WMBF News spoke to a man near the nightclub who said the victim is his nephew. He said there has always been trouble at the club adding that things would be better if the club was forced to shut down.

But before a nightclub is forced to close its doors a lot has to happen said Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson. The police department that has jurisdiction over the area where the club is located must ask the solicitor's office for help in closing the club.

Attorneys must then prove in court that the establishment is in violation of a state statute that classifies a nightclub as a nuisance if it breaks one of three codes.

"One of those three indicators is being violated either drugs, breach of peace, or sex," added Richardson.

It may cost local police departments anywhere from $3,500 to $10,000 in court cost to shutdown a nightclub. But Richardson said sometimes the court may order a nightclub owner to make changes immediately as an option to avoid locking the doors for good.

"Maybe increasing security, metal detectors, or whatever," said Richardson. "Very few times are people able to do that because for whatever reason a lot of these clubs are getting by cutting all corners."

Back in October 2013, police responded to The G Spot after a report of shots fired. One suspect, McCray, was arrested on two counts of assault for an alleged stabbing.

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