Shooting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Motel Kills 3, Leaves 1 Wounded
Three people were killed Saturday night in a tragic shooting at a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina motel. The deadly shooting took place at the Bermuda Sands Motel where two people were shot on a breezeway outside rooms. Just prior to that shooting, police had been responding to another one seven blocks away, in which one person was shot and wounded.
The motel is on Myrtle Beach's famous oceanfront boardwalk, which was built in 2010 and is the center of the town's activity. Devonte Dantzler, 21; Sandy Gaddis Barnwell, 22; and Jamie Williams, 28 were killed in the shooting, while the fourth victim was hospitalized, WCSC reported.
Police said the shootings didn't appear to be random, and witnesses claimed the shooting at the motel followed a fight that had broken out on the boardwalk not long before. The Myrtle Beach newspaper, The Sun News, talked to George Covington, a witness to the fight and the shootings, who backed up that story:
At first, everyone was standing around to see who was going to win the fight. Then they started shooting and everyone scattered. They started to come back and then I just heard [several gunshots], then everything was quiet.
On Sunday, two videos purporting to show the fight emerged. The videos are graphic. In one, gunshots are audible in the background. Another shows the immediate aftermath of the shooting in the beach town.
Social media users were quick to draw connections to a shooting Friday night near UC Santa Barbara allegedly perpetrated by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, who, after killing 6, reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Saturday night's shooting was out of character for Myrtle Beach, police said. The AP reports that the town had just two homicides in all of 2013.
Police haven't said whether they've arrested anyone in connection with the shooting, which took place during a holiday weekend and a special event: Atlantic Beach BikeFest.