Laurinburg man charged in shooting death

By: Beth Lawrence -

LAURINBURG — A Laurinburg man was arrested on Saturday in connection with the August shooting death of a man at a Dillon, South Carolina nightclub.

Christopher John Flowers, 30, of Duncan Street, was arrested on charges of possession of a stolen firearm, carrying concealed and a fugitive warrant out of Dillon.

Flowers is being held in the Scotland County Detention Center pending an extradition hearing.

Flowers has been charged with murder by the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office for the death of Carlos McKay on Aug. 2, according to Capt. Cliff Arnette with the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to the Reflexxions night club on US 301 North concerning a shooting at 2:41 a.m.

Authorities initially learned that Flowers, believed to be a victim in the shooting, was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital by personal vehicle.

McKay’s body would be found more than an hour later behind the club.

Flowers’ wounds were among details that led investigators to suspect him in McKay’s death.

“The investigation is still ongoing, but there was a totality of other things during the investigation that led us to charge him,” Arnette said.

Flowers and two other men in the car with him were arrested following a traffic stop on Saturday.

“We got word from Dillon that this subject was wanted for murder in Dillon County, and we put the word out to our officers,” said Patrol Capt. Terry Chavis with the Laurinburg Police Department. “We were familiar with him as he’s been in and out of trouble. Officer McIlwain saw the suspect and stopped the vehicle.”

Flowers’ car was stopped in the area of North Main and Alder Road. During the stop, Officers found Flowers and a passenger in possession of stolen firearms, according to Chavis.

Police seized a Springfield Armory 40 caliber and a Ruger 9 mm handgun which were reported stolen out of Hoke and Richmond Counties.

“The two men were transported to Laurinburg Police Department for questioning about the stolen firearms and Flowers was arrested on the fugitive warrant,” Chavis said.

Flowers received a $12,000 secured bond for the weapons charges.

Also arrested in the stop were Jerquarie Avery, 24, of Jackson Street for carrying concealed and possession of a stolen firearm. Avery was given a $10,000 bond.

A passenger in the vehicle, Derrick Prince, 29, of Ashely Drive was arrested for disorderly conduct after he cursed out officers at the scene. He was given a $500 secured bond.

Avery and Prince were not wanted in connection to the shooting.

Flowers has been previously arrested on charges of larceny, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, and carrying concealed, probation violations and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Chavis.

He had felony charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver dismissed in 2008.


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