MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – 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 about 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.
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 fled into the hotel onto the second floor, police said. As officers tended to the wounded man, 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.
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.