Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Myrtle Beach shooting suspect’s family said he was acting in self-defense; he was hit with a pistol before firing his gun

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A man from Albemarle, North Carolina was arrested for murder in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and his family claims he acted in self-defense.
The incident occurred on Saturday night when Myrtle Beach Police responded to a shooting on North Ocean Boulevard. Cedric Keaunte Reddick from Columbia, South Carolina, was found dead at the scene.
Cedric Keaunte Reddick, shot and killed Saturday night in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Cedric Keaunte Reddick, shot and killed Saturday night in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
A video showed Reddick lying in a pool of blood, with the circumstances leading to the shooting still being investigated. Mayor Brenda Bethune mentioned that the shooting stemmed from a minor parking dispute that escalated into violence.

“It is just very unfortunate that some people choose to handle something as simple as a parking dispute with violence. I think that overshadows what the meaning of Memorial Day is,” Mayor Brenda Bethune told News13.

Self-Defense

The individual involved in the shooting incident has been identified as Anthony Maurice Garner, a 44-year-old resident of Albemarle, North Carolina. Garner has been formally charged by law enforcement with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Anthony Maurice Garner, charged with murder.
Anthony Maurice Garner, charged with murder.

According to Garner’s family, he was acting in self-defense and was safeguarding his family from Reddick. In a GoFundMe campaign, the family asserted that Garner’s actions were in line with those of a typical father and husband. Notably, Garner’s daughter, Nubia Garner, was present in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

According to the GoFundMe, Nubia was driving, with Anthony in the passenger seat and Ashley Garner, Anthony’s wife, in the back seat. The GoFundMe stated that while they were driving on “Ocean Boulevard”, “Nubia allowed cars to enter Main Street from a hotel parking lot.”

Nubia continued driving forward without letting the last vehicle cut in front of her.

The GoFundMe post continued, stating that the driver of the vehicle, identified as Reddick, became upset and started arguing with the Garner family. Anthony is said to have rolled up his window to avoid any problems before he was slapped in the face with a loaded gun.

“Anthony managed to shoot the driver before they could harm his family,” the GoFundMe page read.Nubia Garner then drove to the nearest police officer to report what had happened, while the driver’s friend followed them, threatening to kill them.”

South Carolina stand your ground law 

In 2006, South Carolina enacted the ‘Protection of Persons and Property Act’, commonly referred to as a stand your ground law. This legislation permits individuals to employ lethal force in self-defense without the obligation to retreat if they possess a justifiable fear of imminent death or severe bodily harm to themselves or others.

The statute is applicable in locations where individuals are lawfully present, including their residence, vehicle, or place of business. Furthermore, it is relevant in specific scenarios, such as instances of unlawful entry into a dwelling or vehicle, or when an individual is forcibly removed from such premises.

 The GoFundMe campaign concluded by stating that Nubia and Ashley Garner are alive and safe because of “Anthony Garner’s heroic and swift actions.”

The Garner family is asking the public to help to seek release Anthony, as they believe as “it was an act of self-defense.”

The shooting remains under investigation.

4 COMMENTS

    • She was kind and lets the other cars out… She didn’t have to do that but she did… He could have waited. The victim and his friends caused all this

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