3 people in custody after 19-year-old, 21-year-old killed in Myrtle Beach drug deal

Grand Strand Crime

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Three people are in custody after two people were killed Thursday night in a drug deal in Myrtle Beach, according to Master Cpl. Tom Vest with Myrtle Beach police.

Officers were called to the shooting at about 8:15 p.m. on Willoughby Lane, Vest said. Willoughby Lane is off of 44th Avenue North near Robert Grissom Parkway.

Officers arrived and found two people with severe injuries, Vest said.

Ja’Leel Stephens, 19, and 21-year-old Kanon Cook Melvin died at the scene, according to Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard. Both were from Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Vest said the police investigation indicates that a fight over the sale of drugs happened between several people, including Stephens and Melvin, and led to several shots being fired. A vehicle then fled the scene.

The names of those in custody and the charges they face will be announced when formal charges are filed, Vest said.

No other information was immediately available.

Count on News13 for updates to this developing story.


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