MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The City of Myrtle Beach has not revoked the business license of any hotel or motel in the past year despite shootings at several different establishments, including 7 Brothers Motel, Landmark Resort, Fountainbleau Inn, and Lazy G, where a man was killed Thursday morning.
City of Myrtle Beach spokesperson Mark Kruea says there are several factors officials must consider before they revoke a business license.
“We will take a look at issues as they arise to see if it’s something that is unique to that location, to see if it could have been avoided or prevented, how severe the incident may have been,” explains Kruea. “All of that plays into the decision to see further action against a property owner or property to the contribution of negligence in the area.”
The city was unable to comment on whether the business license for Lazy G was in question following the murder of 33-year-old Rashad Atkins early Thursday morning.
Myrtle Beach Police responded to the motel and apartment complex on 27th Avenue North around 12:30 a.m. Police say Atkins was shot and his body found just outside one of the Lazy G rooms. Sergeant Traci Chanaca says investigators are searching for at least one suspect, possibly two, but no suspect description has been released.
A long-time resident at the motel, Bruce Holland says he’s seen police pass through a time or two, but Atkins’ murder was a shock.
“I stay right here,” says the 8-year tenant as he points to his unit. “You’ve seen the police called, but you see that everywhere, but nothing like that [murder of Atkins].”
Holland says he watched as emergency responders and investigators took over the typically quiet motel in attempts to save Atkins and find his killer.
“The victim was sitting on the front porch, and when EMS got there, he wasn’t alive,” recalls Holland.
It’s that kind of violence Myrtle Beach leaders have tried to avoid with new ordinances passed for late night bars and clubs.
“We’ve made property maintenance a real focus over the last several years,” says Kruea. “We want people who own the property to take care of it to make sure that it’s not a detriment to the neighboring properties in the area.”
“The solicitor’s office can step in and look at it and the track record for that particular property and seek a nuisance declaration for it. If it becomes a nuisance from the city’s standpoint, we can seek to revoke a business license as we’ve done recently with a couple of businesses in the downtown area,” said Kruea.
After Kruea confirmed no Myrtle Beach hotel or motel had its business license revoked in 2016, he added he could not recall the revocation of any hotel’s license in recent history.
The Myrtle Beach Police Department asks anyone with information about the Lazy G murder call 843-918-1382. Callers can remain anonymous.