South Carolina councilman, family members shot dead

A South Carolina man was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing three family members, including a local council member, the Horry County Police Department said.

Police arrested Matthew Allen DeWitt, 25, on Monday in connection with the triple shooting.

The suspect was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, online arrest records show.

Horrified police arrived at a home near Conway, South Carolina, on Sunday afternoon to investigate a death, where they discovered the body of 52-year-old Natasha Stevens.

Later that evening, police conducted a welfare check outside of Columbia, South Carolina, where they found two people with “apparent gunshot wounds,” the Horry Police Department said on Facebook.

Police identified the two individuals as Gloria DeWitt, 52, and James DeWitt, II, 52.

South Carolina councilman, family members shot dead

Councilman James Dewitt II of the City of Atlantic Beach, SC, is pictured in an undated official photo.

City of Atlantic Beach via WPDE

PHOTO: City Hall in Atlantic Beach, SC, stands in a still from video from Oct. 11, 2022.

City Hall in Atlantic Beach, SC, stands in a still from video from Oct. 11, 2022.

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According to the Town of Atlantic Beach website, James “Jim” DeWitt II served as a councilman for the Atlantic Beach community.

Atlantic Beach did not respond to a request for comment.

According to its website, the predominantly black city is known as “the Black Pearl” and was a haven for African Americans in the area who faced discrimination in the 1930s.

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