Judge denies bond for 6th suspect charged in connection with Ocean Blvd. motel shooting

Judge denies bond for 6th suspect charged in connection with Ocean Blvd. motel shooting

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – A judge denied bond Wednesday afternoon for the sixth suspect charged in connection with a shooting at a motel along Ocean Boulevard over the weekend.

Willie Isiah Arthur, 24, of Charlotte, N.C., is charged with 10 counts of attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Arthur appeared in hospital scrubs and was in a wheelchair because he claimed that he was shot three times in the stomach during the shooting on Saturday morning at the Happy Holiday Motel.

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Posted by WMBF News on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

During the bond hearing, Arthur said that he didn’t have any issues with the other people involved and was just trying to get his cellphone back when the shooting happened.

“I wasn’t trying to cause any issue. I had no problems with them boys. I really just wanted to get my possessions so I could leave,” Duffy said.

He said that he came to Myrtle Beach from Charlotte to have fun at the beach, but instead, he woke up Monday morning in a hospital bed. He told the judge that he is the real victim and is lucky to be alive.

“My life was in danger. If you would have seen how he shot me sir and then came out of the hotel continuing to shoot at me. I was really supposed to be dead sir, honest to God,” Duffy said.

Arthur added that he has a daughter that he takes care of.

A victims’ advocate also spoke during the hearing and said that the victims in the case are 16 to 19 years old. She said that some of the victims have suffered significant trauma by the shooting.

After hearing from everyone, Judge Glenn Ohanesian said he has serious concerns and said that Duffy is a flight risk because he doesn’t live in Myrtle Beach. He also brought up Duffy’s record which shows that he has multiple “failures to appear” in court. The judge also said that Duffy is a danger to the community.

“To have this number of shots recklessly fired into a place where there are this many potential victims and there were shots that landed in addition to the gunfire that wounded you,” Ohanesian said.

The judge denied bond and also said that Duffy can’t have contact with any of the victims. Duffy is eligible for a public defender in the case.

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Two teens from North Carolina are also charged in the shooting, which happened at around 3:10 a.m. Saturday at the Happy Holiday Motel, where three people in total were shot, according to police.

Authorities added that three juveniles from North Carolina were also arrested in connection to the shooting. All three are charged with loitering, along with other weapons charges.

Police said only one firearm was recovered at the scene.

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