Three Killed in Myrtle Beach Shootings
Three people were killed and one wounded during shootings that took place at an oceanfront motel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state and receives thousands of visitors during the Memorial Day weekend. According to reports from witnesses, a shooter opened fire on Saturday night, while crowds of tourists were gathered in Myrtle Beach.
The first incident took place at around 9:30 PM as authorities were still investigating the first shooting, another one occurred shortly after 11 PM at the Bermuda Sands Resort, which is located just a few blocks away from the location of the first incident.
Although investigators are still trying to piece together a motive for the shootings, they don’t appear to be random, nor do the two incidents appear to be connected to each other. One witness told reporters that he saw men fighting in the street, before the fight escalated into a shooting. The identities of the victims were released by the Horry County deputy coroner shortly after: Devonte Dantzler, 21 and Sandy Gaddis, 22, both from Summerille and Jamie Williams, 28, from Ladson. A fourth victim has been taken to a local hospital, but no further information is available on their condition.
The event took place during a popular motorcycle rally in the area. While police are sometimes called to respond to motorcycle accidents and minor offenses such as disorderly conduct, serious incidents of violence are rare in Myrtle Beach, even during the Memorial Day weekend. The city only had two homicides in 2013, making it one of the safest tourist destinations in the country.
The police currently don’t have any suspects in custody and are still investigating the case. Authorities are urging anyone who might have information on the shootings to come forward.