Following the arrest of a suspect in a Sunday Hilton Head Island double homicide, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigators found additional guns and suspected illegal drugs at the scene.
The shooting took place at 54 Muddy Creek Road around 6:30 p.m. and claimed the lives of Marcol McNair, 25, and Quincy King, 20, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The alleged shooter has been identified as Malcolm Melton, 30, who was arrested near the scene after he was found with the aid of tracking dogs. Deputies reported he was in possession of a semi-automatic handgun and a small amount of marijuana. He has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime, one count of unlawful carry of a firearm, and marijuana possession, according to Beaufort County Detention Center records.
In a separate release, the Sheriff’s Office said investigators recovered two firearms during a search of the residence — a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and an M6 semi-automatic assault rifle.
Investigators later learned the assault rifle had been reported stolen from a Hilton Head Island apartment on March 27.
Suspected illegal drugs were also found at the residence and will undergo forensic analysis for identification, the release said.
According to detention center records, Melton is in custody at the jail and has been assigned a $615 bond on the marijuana charge, but he has yet to receive bond amounts on the murder and firearms charges.
The handgun found in Melton’s possession will undergo forensic examination to determine whether it is the murder weapon, the news release said.
McNair, King and Melton lived together, the release said.
Circumstances surrounding the shootings remain under investigation.
An autopsy for both victims was scheduled for Monday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston to determine cause and manner of death.
Anyone with information about the shootings may contact Cpl. Seth Reynells at 843-255-3709 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC.