MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The suspect in the shooting on Ocean Boulevard last month that was streamed live on Facebook and caused a national outcry appeared in court for a bond hearing Tuesday morning. He is charged with seven counts of attempted murder; bond was denied on all these charges.
Derias Jshawn Little, 17, from Mt. Gilead, North Carolina, appeared at the Myrtle Beach Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a bond hearing, according to MBPD spokesman Lt. Joey Crosby. The suspect had not been identified until Tuesday as he had not been medically cleared. Little appeared at the bond hearing in a wheelchair and with a cast on his right arm.
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During the hearing, the next court date was set for September 15 at 1 p.m. Little was given a $50,000 bond for carjacking and $30,000 for possession of a weapon. Bond was denied for all seven counts of attempted murder. None of the victims of the shooting appeared in court.
The judge reviewed Little's previous criminal history, which included charges in Montgomery County, North Carolina for possession of a weapon of mass destruction, and two counts of carrying a concealed weapon. A check of Little's criminal history shows he has also bee charged with possession of stolen goods, felony larceny, and two counts of larceny of dogs.
During a city council meeting held after the shootings, then-Interim Chief Amy Prock said the suspect is involved in gang activity in North Carolina and knew the immediate victim.
The warrants for Little released Tuesday provide more details on the shooting and the police response:
Seven people were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. No officer was shot or injured during this incident. A patrol car was struck by rounds.
The security officer suffered a graze wound to the leg. The injury did not require him to be taken to the hospital and he received medical attention on scene.
The shooting was streamed on Facebook Live by Bubba Hinson, and brought national attention to Myrtle Beach after a violent weekend that included several other shootings in the area.
The shootings over that Fathers Day weekend prompted a special city council meeting in which dozens of residents aired their grievances against the city over the violence. Governor Henry McMaster also spoke directly about the weekend violence during his visit to the Grand Strand, and he pledged state support. The MBPD has also taken several steps to address the issue of violence in the city, including the installation of barricades on a stretch of Ocean Blvd. during weekends and the discussion of a curfew change for teens in the city.