MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The trend of decreasing gun violence in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee areas continues, according to a crime analysis by News13.
The data encompasses News13’s viewing area — which includes Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Horry, Marion and Marlboro counties in South Carolina, along with Robeson and Scotland counties in North Carolina.
There were at least 24 shootings in those areas in August, a slight increase from 23 in July. Every other month this year has had at least 30 shootings, with a peak in June at 43.
Of the 149 shootings this year, at least 84 included a death, totaling 89 gun violence-related deaths for 2021.
Nine people died from gun violence in August, and another 15 were injured.
The most deaths were in March, with at least 15, and the fewest were in February and July, with seven each.
Shootings this year have mostly clustered in the Darlington and Florence county areas.
In North Carolina, Lumberton has seen at least 18 shootings. St. Pauls has had at least eight.
There have been at least 20 shootings in the Hartsville area, about 22 in the Myrtle Beach area and at least 14 in the Darlington area.
Of the nine deaths last month, arrests have been made in five.
Those killed by gun violence in August include:
The deaths in August are:
- Preston Hickman, Sr. who died on Aug. 5 in Darlington County
- Fredderick Sellers, died on Aug. 8 in Dillon
- Jonathan Fletcher, died on Aug. 15 in the Mullins area
- Stephan Ruppel, died on Aug. 18 in the Maxton area
- Sheronda Shaw, died on Aug. 20 in the Maxton area
- Robert Davis Hunt, died on Aug. 22 in the Pembroke area
- Paul Connors, died on Aug. 22 in the Myrtle Beach area
- Demarko Locklear, died on Aug. 26 in the St. Pauls area
- Thomas Faulcon, died on Aug. 30 in the Parkton area