MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - After more than six months of investigating, Myrtle Beach police arrested a man they say tried to kill four people he shot at inside a home back in January.
Officers made the arrest Monday, and charged 25-year-old Christopher Clarida with four counts of attempted murder, three counts of shooting into a dwelling, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Clarida's arrest warrant explains what police say unfolded on January 9, a night when neighbors on 36th Avenue North woke up to the sound of gunshots and police lights flickering outside their windows.
The warrant says that the other suspect in the case got into some type of altercation with one of the victims, who lives in an apartment off 36th Avenue North. The suspect called Clarida, to meet, and Clarida brought guns and assault rifles.
Together, police say, both unloaded the guns and a high-powered assault rifle at the home and vehicles outside. Four people were inside the home at the time.
"I remember because I thought it was fireworks," a neighbor across the street explained. "It was after midnight, I don't remember the exact time but I heard bam bam bam bam bam bam. And, the fireworks would normally just keep going but there was an intermittent quiet period, then it started again. I don't remember how many rounds there was, but there was a lot of them."