HCPD: Car crash in Longs ends with teen getting shot, suspect in custody

HCPD: Car crash in Longs ends with teen getting shot, suspect in custody
Authorities investigate after a gunshot wound victim was found during a traffic stop in the Longs area (Source: WMBF News)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – One person has been arrested and charged after a traffic crash Tuesday in the Longs area ended with one person getting shot, according to authorities.

Initial reports from South Carolina Highway Patrol were that a trooper pulled over a car Tuesday afternoon on Highway 9 near Cupola Drive in the Longs area and said one of the people in the vehicle was suffering from a gunshot wound.

Authorities investigate after a gunshot wound victim was found during a traffic stop in the Longs area
Authorities investigate after a gunshot wound victim was found during a traffic stop in the Longs area (Source: WMBF News)

However, an incident report from the Horry County Police Department states the shooting happened following a collision. The driver of a 2018 Nissan Frontier pickup truck was heading west on Highway 9 when he swerved off the road to the right, then swerved left and hit a 2005 Toyota Camry, authorities said.

The victim, listed in the report as 17, got out of the Camry to talk to the suspect and was then shot, the report stated. The teen then headed west in the median, saying he was shot.

SCHP troopers quickly caught the suspect, identified as Randy Carl Berkley, 54, of Little River, and placed him under arrest.

Randy Berkley
Randy Berkley (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

Online records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center state Berkley is charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, reckless driving, and two other traffic violations.

He remained in jail Wednesday afternoon under no bond.

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