Horry County police taze Little River man accused of shooting mother, assaulting five others

Photo of Johnson booked at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Friday for Criminal Domestic Violence

Melvin Cordaro Johnson, 25, is accused of shooting his mother, and assaulting five other victims in his mother's neighborhood, according to Horry County police.

Police were called to Woodridge Circle Monday around 5 a.m. when 911 dispatchers got several calls from people that heard gunshots in the area.

When officers pulled into the neighborhood, they said a 32-year old witness was walking toward them with a large knife in his hand.

Officers said Johnson was walking behind the witness at a fast pace "as if he was after him" and he appeared to have blood on him, according to the police report.

Police said both men headed towards officers as they got out of their patrol car.

Officers told the witness to drop the knife, which he did. The witness then yelled at officers to shoot Johnson because Johnson "killed his mom."

Johnson starting moving towards an officer "in an aggressive matter," according to the report.

An officer tased Johnson when he wouldn't listen to his verbal commands.

Johnson was taken to Seacoast Medical Center in Little River.

The witness took officers back to his mother's house where police say Johnson had assaulted three women, ages 19, 45 and 65.

Officers discovered Johnson's 47-year-old mother was also shot at her home on Woodridge Circle, where Johnson lives.

They found two more victims next door, a 72-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman. Police said Johnson broke into that home through a window and assaulted them.

All injured victims were sent to the hospital.

About seven hours after the incident, Horry County police officers were called back to Johnson's mother's house for reports of shots fired.

They found five shell casings in the roadway and the front storm door of the home was busted, along with a bullet hole in the side of the house.

There was no one home at the time of the shooting, as Johnson's mother was still in the hospital, according to the police report.

No arrests were made.

Johnson will be charged once he is released, according to Lt. Robert Kegler with the Horry County Police Department.

He was just arrested on Friday and booked at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center for a Criminal Domestic Violence charge.

Johnson assaulted his 24-year-old girlfriend while she was lying in bed, and accused her of cheating on him with his brother, according to the police report.