LORIS, SC (WMBF) – A Loris man has been charged with murder after a 36-year-old man was shot three times and died Sunday, according to the Horry County Police Department.
Alvin J. Johnson, 35, from Loris, was shot in the chest and sustained two other non-lethal gunshot wounds to the lower body, according to Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick.
One local woman was pulling into the hospital parking lot when she believes Johnson's friends were rushing him to the ER. She didn't want to be identified, but said: "It was around lunchtime on Sunday, I was pulling into the hospital and was cut off. And as I was going in there, I saw they were going into the Emergency Room. Several people jumped out hollering for help and said there was a shooting."
The incident took place near Broad Street and Maple in Loris Sunday at approximately 11:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Hendrick.
She said the whole thing happened within a few quick minutes and, "they ran into the Emergency Room and then ran out, tried to drag the man out and they were…upset…saying that…they weren't getting any help."
While she was watching the scene unfold at the hospital, police were on the scene of Maple Street where the shooting took place. They were told by witnesses that they knew the shooting suspect and he lived nearby.
A police report states officers went to that suspect's known address; as they were approaching the door, an officer saw the suspect running behind the building.
According to Lt. Raul Denis of the HCPD, that suspect is Garry Kristin Batton. The 36-year-old was arrested Monday and is charged with murder.
Loris Police and Horry County Police are still investigating.