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2 men charged with murder after man found shot to death in Latta

Left: Tommy Jones, Right: Raheem McDaniel. (Source: Dillon County Sheriff's Office) Left: Tommy Jones, Right: Raheem McDaniel. (Source: Dillon County Sheriff's Office)
Legare street, Latta where the shooting happened Legare street, Latta where the shooting happened
Doorstep of Jessie Bethea, the woman who called 911 Doorstep of Jessie Bethea, the woman who called 911

LATTA, SC (WMBF) – Two men were arrested Sunday for the shooting death of a man in Latta Saturday night, according to the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office. Christopher McAllister, 21, was found dead in Latta after a shooting Saturday night, according to the Dillon County Coroner.

Tommy Jones, 25, and Raheem McDaniel, 19 were both arrested Sunday and charged with murder, the sheriff’s office confirmed in a news conference Monday.

Law enforcement and Dillon County EMS were dispatched to a home on Legare Street in Latta just before 10 p.m. Saturday, according to Captain Cliff Arnette with the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was found outside a residence there, but it was not his residence, Captain Arnette said. He had gone there seeking help. The woman who called 911 was Jessie Bethea who also lived at the home where McAllister fell in front of. “He was banging on my door, I mean banging like his life depended on it," said Bethea.

McAllister’s life did depend on it, he needed help immediately for someone to call 911 to help save him. Bethea said, “I peeked out my door and he was sitting there on my step and I said what’s wrong? What’s the matter? He didn’t say anything, he just slumped over like that.. and that’s when I saw the bullet wound.”

Bethea explained three young men came running up to help their friend, and they all pressed a towel against McAllister’s wound to stop the bleeding until EMS came, but that wasn't enough, McAllister later died at a hospital.

A press conference was held Monday morning at the Dillon County Sheriff's Office where both McAllister’s parents listened to law enforcement announce two arrests were made in connection with the shooting. 

 Sheriff Major Hulon with the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office said, “First of all we want to share our sympathy and concern and condolences with the family and want to extend that to them in this time of loss.”

Both the Sheriff and Captain of the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office continued saying this case was a prime example of when the citizens of Latta work together with the sheriff’s office to give tips, which is what led to the arrests.

Captain Cliff Arnett said, “This was a tragic event in more ways than one because we three young people here. Mr McAllister who is now deceased and the two individuals who are now charged with murder.”

Bethea said she wishes she could have done more to save McAllister the night of the shooting. The Dillon County Sheriff's Office says there is not a bond hearing date set for Jones and McDaniel yet.

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