3 Dead, 1 Wounded in Shooting at Myrtle Beach, SC, Motel

Sunday, 25 May 2014 09:44 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Three people were killed and a fourth person was wounded in a shooting at an oceanfront motel in Myrtle Beach, one of South Carolina's most popular tourist destinations.

The shootings took place around 11 p.m. Saturday in front of crowds of tourists at the Bermuda Sands Motel along the beach's new boardwalk, Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes said.

Officers draped towels over the balcony of a breezeway just outside the doors to the rooms of the motel to shield two of the bodies from people on nearby Ocean Boulevard.

"We've got detectives working on it around the clock," Knipes said Sunday. "We don't have any suspects in custody."

Knipes would not say whether detectives have determined a motive for the shooting, but said it didn't appear to be a random shooting.

Witnesses and police said the shootings happened when a large fight broke out in front of the motel.

Police said one gunman fired three shots, wounding a man. He was hospitalized, but his condition wasn't immediately available.

The people involved in the fight then fled into the hotel onto the second floor, police said.

As officers were tending to Williams, a second suspect on the second floor fired multiple shots at people involved in the fight, striking and killing three.

The victims were Devonte Dantzler, 21, of Summerville; Sandy Gaddis Barnwell, 22, of Summerville; and Jamie Williams, 28, of Ladson, said Horry County deputy coroner Darris Fowler.

"We had just come up the stairs when the guy got shot. My husband saw when he fell right in front of our room," said Megan Sloan, who lives in Salisbury, North Carolina, and was on vacation.

A police officer quickly knocked on their door and asked Sloan and her husband to stay in their room. They didn't realize until Sunday morning that three people had died.

The couple wanted to change motels for their last day in Myrtle Beach.

"It scared me to death. We tried to get our money back, but they wouldn't give it back," Sloan said.

The shooting happened during the annual Atlantic Beach BikeFest held about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away during the Memorial Day weekend. Police say they typically deal with motorcycle wrecks and lesser offenses during the bike rally, but violence is unusual.

Knipes said Myrtle Beach had just two homicides in all of 2013.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Legal Experts Question Use of PAC Funds in Senate Campaigns

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 14:04 PM

Legal experts have questioned whether Senate campaigns are attempting to circumvent election finance limits by turning p . . .

Fugitive in Pa. Trooper Shooting Faces Court

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 14:02 PM

Eric Frein, captured after a seven-week manhunt and held with the handcuffs of a Pennsylvania trooper he is accused of s . . .

Judge Rejects Ebola Quarantine for Nurse

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 13:21 PM

Kaci Hickox is free to travel unrestricted after a Maine judge on Friday rejected the state's bid to limit her movements . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved