A 17-year-old girl died after being shot in the head in a parking lot at Myrtle Beach mall Saturday night.
Rachel Lewis of Conway was pronounced dead at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, according to Horry County deputy coroner Tamara Willard.
Police charged Zackary Dwayne Floyd, 20, Fairmont, N.C., with involuntary manslaughter on Sunday.
According to an Horry County police incident report, a man called police around 8 p.m. Saturday to the parking lot in front of Bass Pro Shop and said he accidentally shot someone while sitting in a black Chevrolet Tahoe.
When police arrived, they found Lewis laying on her back on the pavement and a man referred to as a “subject” holding onto her, according to the report.
Officers separated the subject, identified in the report as a 20-year-old man, from Lewis and spoke to him. They also spoke with a 17-year-old girl who was a witness to the incident.
Police redacted the names of the subject, witness and Lewis as well as any further details that were in the police report provided to the media.
Joe Perl, general manager of Myrtle Beach mall, said he and his staff extend their condolences to the families involved in the shooting.
“We are saddened to have been informed by the Horry County Police Department that a gun was accidentally discharged in a vehicle in the parking lot outside the mall last night, fatally wounding a female passenger,” Perl said. “We know that the person who discharged the gun left the scene [with police].”
Lewis was a shy and quiet girl, but very smart, her cousin Amanda Lewis said Sunday.
“It’s just so horrible,” Amanda Lewis said. “She was so young and had so much potential, she just hung with the wrong crowd.”
Amanda Lewis said Rachel Lewis lived in Conway with her parents and most recently attended Conway High School, previously attending Aynor High School.
Amanda Lewis said up until her baby shower a few weeks ago she hadn’t seen Rachel Lewis in about 12 years.
“I’m glad that I got to see her then,” Amanda Lewis said, adding that the last time she saw Rachel Lewis was on Wednesday. “Our grandmother took her to [the store].”