MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – Five people were shot and three were killed Saturday night in downtown Myrtle Beach.
Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler identifies the victims as Jamie Williams, 28, of Ladson, Devonte Dantzler, 21, of Summerville, and Sandy Gaddis Barnwell, 22, of Summerville. He says all three victims died from trauma to vital organs due to gunshot wounds.
According to Captain David Knipes, one of the shootings happened between 6th Avenue South and 7th Avenue South on Ocean Boulevard after 11pm.
Knipes said another shooting was reported a short time later at the Bermuda Sands Motel on North Ocean Boulevard. The call was originally reported as a large fight on the street.
Police say three shots were fired by a black male wearing black pants and a white shirt, striking a male victim. Myrtle Beach Police have identified the victim as Keith Williams.
Investigators believe the people involved in the fight fled into the hotel. As officers treated Williams, police say the suspect went to the second floor of the motel and fired multiple shots at three people.
Williams, Dantzler, and Barnwell were found shot to death. It’s believed the suspect then fled the area from the rear of the hotel.
One man was shot at the 6th Avenue location. He was taken to a local hospital and underwent surgery for his wounds, Knipes said. He said Myrtle Beach Police did not fire any shots Saturday night.
Knipes said police had no one in custody for the shootings at the time of this posting. These shootings do not appear to be related.
The Bermuda Sands shooting shut down parts of Ocean Boulevard Saturday night, but reopened to traffic. Lt. Doug Furlong with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division will send crime scene units to assist MBPD in the investigation.
Furlong said investigators will do background checks on the victims and interview witnesses.
Anyone with information on the shooting at the Bermuda Sands Motel is asked to call Myrtle Beach Police at (843) 918-1382.