Police arrest gunshot victim after finding drugs in vehicle

Police arrest gunshot victim after finding drugs in vehicle

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Police arrested the victim of a shooting at a Five Points bar last month after they found heroin and crack in his vehicle while investigating the shooting, according to police reports.

Kelly Kendall Montanez, 32, was arrested, charged with trafficking heroin and crack possession, and booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Tuesday.

Montanez was the victim of a gunshot wound on July 21 at Natalia's Bar and Grill in the Five Points area of Myrtle Beach.

While police were investigating the shooting, they searched a vehicle in reference to the case. Under the seat they found 70 paper slips with a brown powder, and a brown tar-like substance that all field-tested positive for heroin. They also found a rock-like substance in the center console that field-tested positive for cocaine base.

Police reviewed the city cameras and saw Montanez exiting the driver's side of the vehicle when he pulled into the parking lot of the bar.

A witness who was at the hospital with the victim said he was coming in the front door of a bar with an address that matches Natalia's Bar and Grill in the Five Points neighborhood. The witness said he heard three gunshots. The witness did not see the shooter, but said the victim was about to sit down at the bar before the shots rang out.

Two other witnesses drove the victim to the hospital.

The suspect in the shooting was identified as 34-year-old Eric Lavin McCrea. Police plan to charge him for attempted murder. He is described by police as a black male, 5-feet-9-inches tall, 210 pounds in weight, with black hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on both of his forearms, and drives a bronze 2004 Nissan Armada with SC license plate JXD286.

McCrea is wanted for attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and may be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call MBPD at 843-918-1382.

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