Police announce 2nd arrest in Coastal Grand Mall shooting, stabbing case; 1st suspect denied bond

Police announce 2nd arrest in Coastal Grand Mall shooting, stabbing case; 1st suspect denied bond

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – A judge denied bond for the man accused in a shooting and stabbing Tuesday afternoon at Coastal Grand Mall.

Police arrested 34-year-old Dionte Roddey White hours after the incident at Coastal Grand Mall. He faces two counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

“This was a team effort and an excellent example of the capabilities of our department,” said Chief Amy Prock. “We had officers on scene within minutes and persons in custody within hours, and I am very proud of our team.”

Myrtle Beach police announced a second person has been arrested in connection to the case. That person’s name will be released once formal charges are made.

Myrtle Beach police were called to Coastal Grand Mall for a fight, but that turned into a shooting and stabbing investigation.

Authorities said two people were hurt. A victim’s advocate said in court that one of the victims suffered a stab wound to the left arm and is now out of the hospital. The mother of the second victim said that her son is still in the intensive care unit with life-threatening injuries.

During the bond hearing, White stated that he was raised in Conway and claimed that he hasn’t been in trouble in over 12 years. He added that he has a 14-year-old son and asked for a reasonable bond so that he could go home.

Dionte White, the suspect in the Coastal Grand Mall shooting and stabbing case, appeared in court for a bond hearing on Wednesday.
Dionte White, the suspect in the Coastal Grand Mall shooting and stabbing case, appeared in court for a bond hearing on Wednesday. (Source: WMBF News)

The mother of the second victim made a statement in court and stated why she believed White shouldn’t be given a bond.

“I don’t feel he should have bond. He is a danger to my daughter and to other people," the victim’s mother said.

She explained that her daughter is in a relationship with White and pregnant with his unborn child. She claimed that there have been issues with domestic violence.

A detective with the Myrtle Beach Police Department also made a statement during the hearing. He explained that the incident at the mall stemmed from an issue that took place earlier in the week.

“Our defendant ran into the victims at the mall where he can be seen on the security footage traveling the perimeter of the mall, where he goes into the sporting good store, purchases the knife, he goes to the food court and waits for both victims in the food court, he waits for them to walk by, assaults them,” the Myrtle Beach police detective said in court.

Police said that White stabbed the two victims and then ran from the scene. Authorities said while the suspect ran from the scene, another person pulled out a gun and fired at White in the parking lot.

After the statements were made, White stood back up and claimed that he was beaten up and pistol-whipped the night before on Labor Day. He even showed on video his busted lip and a chipped tooth that he claimed he received during the fight.

“Sir my tooth, it’s chipped look, I’m not a threat man, I’m from Conway,” White said.

Police did not confirm the details of that alleged assault during the bond hearing.

In the end, the judge denied bond, stating that he believes White is an unreasonable danger to the community and an extreme flight risk based on the fact that he fled the scene.

White is scheduled to appear for an initial court appearance on October 30.

The investigation into this case is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to come forward and contact MBPD at 843-918-1382.

Watch the full bond hearing below:

Judge denies bond for suspect in Coastal Grand Mall shooting, stabbing case

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