A Myrtle Beach shooting at one of South Carolina’s most popular tourist destinations occurred at approximately 11 p.m. Saturday, according to a Yahoo! News report on Sunday. In the shooting which occurred at an oceanfront motel in Myrtle Beach, three persons were killed and another person was injured by gunshot. The grisly incident happened before a crowd of tourists along a new boardwalk at the Bermuda Sands Motel.
David Knipes, a Myrtle Beach police captain, asserted that there were no suspects in custody after the shooting but there are detectives continuously working on the case. He could not say whether detectives have found a motive for the shooting, but said that it did not appear that the shooting was random.
The victims of the shooting have been identified as Sandy Gaddis Barnwell, a 22-year-old of Summerville, South Carolina, Devonte Dantzler, a 21-year-old also of Summerville, and Jamie Williams, a 28-year-old of Ladson, South Carolina, according to a CBS News report. The fourth victim of the shooting is hospitalized. That person’s condition has not been reported upon.
The vicinity around the motel was filled with tourists on Sunday. Those persons were approached by media for comments. En masse, tourists refused to speak about the case because the suspect is still out there somewhere and the tourists said they feared retribution by the shooter. One witness, however, revealed that there were several people fighting on the sidewalk in front of the motel several minutes before the shooting took place. The witness said that everyone was standing around to see who was going to win the fight, but then the shooting began and everyone scattered.
At the time of this deadly incident, the annual Atlantic Beach BikeFest was taking place approximately 15 miles away during the Memorial Day weekend. Police assert that there are usually concerns during the event, but they are usually not of this criminal nature. Ordinarily, the concerns involve motorcycle accidents and the like. Myrtle Beach is not prone to such violent activity as it has had only two homicides all of last year, according to Knipes.
This incident happened just one day after the deadly shooting rampage in California. On Friday night, Elliot Rodger is suspected of killing six people and himself. That shooting rampage occurred in Santa Barbara. The motives for that killer’s actions included being rejected by women.