Police charge two with murder in deadly Waccamaw Bingo shooting

Police charge two with murder in deadly Waccamaw Bingo shooting
L-R: Bradford Britton and Derrick Rivera (Source: JRLDC)

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Two people have been charged in connection to a deadly armed robbery that killed a father and son last weekend at a Myrtle Beach area bingo hall.

Derrick Rivera, 29, of Georgetown, is charged with two counts of murder, two counts of armed robbery, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Bradford Britton, 40, of Georgetown, is charged with two counts of murder and two counts of armed robbery.

Britton was arrested in Georgetown Monday after officers, including those from Horry County, searched a home on South Kaminiski Street. He was also wanted on a fugitive warrant out of Texas for failure to appear on a narcotics charge.

Investigators believe that Rivera fled from Horry County after the armed robbery. Authorities said he was located on Thursday by U.S. Marshals Task Force agents in Colleton County with the assistance of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting happened on July 26 at Waccamaw Bingo Hall on Belle Terre Boulevard.

The Horry County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as 73-year-old Stephen “Steve” Johnson, Sr. and 46-year-old Stephen “Sparky” Johnson, Jr. The duo owned the bingo parlor.

Arrest warrants show that Rivera is accused of pulling the trigger and killing the father and son.

During a court hearing Thursday afternoon, the judge indicated bond for the murder charges would have to be set by a circuit court judge.

“Through this incident, our community has suffered a terrible loss, and we can only hope that the arrest of those responsible will bring those impacted some comfort. We will provide whatever support possible,” the Horry County Police Department said in a news release.

Anyone who is need of counseling after the incident, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health is offering outpatient healthcare through Waccamaw Center for Mental Health. Those who need to speak to someone about counseling can call 843-347-4888.

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