News Item: MB teen arrested in Bikefest shooting
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Saturday 31 May 2008 - 10:43:09

17-year-old a suspect in CCU student's slaying

Police have arrested a 17-year-old Myrtle Beach High School student in connection with the fatal shooting of a Coastal Carolina University student, said Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes.

The announcement of the arrest came Friday, the same day recordings of 911 telephone calls about the shooting were released, including calls that indicate the shooting followed a dispute over a parking space.

Myrtle Beach police had not charged the 17-year-old by late Friday. The Sun News is not publishing the suspect's name because no charges have been filed.

A news release from police stated the teen was being held because of his involvement in the incident, but did not specify his role. Police said an investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

Corey Brooks, 20, was shot once on May 25 in front of a beach house on Third Avenue North between Flagg and Chester streets. He died after he was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

Emergency dispatch officials said they received at least three calls about the shooting.

In the calls, frantic friends of Brooks' could be heard telling dispatchers their friend had been shot in the back and was on the ground. Through their panic they struggled to explain their location - Third Avenue North near Ocean Boulevard.

One person repeatedly shouted a license plate number to the dispatcher, and others repeatedly pleaded with the downed Brooks to get up, but later realized he was dead.

The shooting happened at the height of the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, one of two major biker rallies held in the Myrtle Beach area annually.

In one call a person who identified himself as Zach Mathis said: "I'm staying at my buddy's beach house and they tried to park there and we told them that they couldn't ... and they pulled out a gun and I ran after that."

A dispatcher asked Mathis if he believed the gunman shot anyone.

"I don't know. He pulled out a gun and started trying to hit my friends with it and said 'Yo, I'm strapped, I'm strapped.' And I ran away," Mathis said.

Police were searching for a 2006 gold-colored Cadillac GTS with 20-inch chrome rims after the shooting, according to the 911 tapes. An officer told a dispatcher he stopped the same vehicle the previous night. The car was registered to a Cheraw resident, an officer said.

"That vehicle is definitely in Myrtle Beach," the officer said. "I stopped it last night. It's definitely in town."

Police would not comment on the content of the 911 tapes Friday and said the investigation is ongoing, according to Knipes.

Brooks' friends had been collecting money to assist with the investigation.

The money will now go to help Brooks' family, said Autumn Leigh, a waitress at River City Cafe in Myrtle Beach.

Brooks had worked for three summers at River City Cafe at 73rd Avenue North.

"As far as I know, all of the money that was given to the reward fund will now be given to the family to help with funeral costs or however they see fit," she said.

She said Brooks was a Christian and she attended church with him at Jamestown Baptist Church.

Edward Brooks, Corey's father, said Friday he has not talked much with police or the 15th Judicial Circuit solicitor's office about the investigation.

He said his family is holding up "as well as can be expected.

"We wouldn't have been able to get through this if it wasn't for the church community and our friends," he said.

"They've been a big help."

Brooks' death was addressed this week during a Myrtle Beach City Council meeting concerning the future of rallies.

Myrtle Beach Councilman Mike Chestnut said, "Let me tell you what's going to happen. The City Council is going to shut it down. We're not going to have a 20-year-old shot because someone is too cheap to pay for a $20 parking space."

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