MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An off-duty RipTydz Oceanfront Grille employee was fatally shot early Sunday morning following a UFC fight.
Myrtle Beach Police arrested 24-year-old Jakkari Jaquille De’Andre Brown Sunday charging the man with murder.
Roger Ramos, 25 of the Myrtle Beach, was taken to the Grand Strand Medical Center ER were he died a short time later from the the injuries he sustained after being shot, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler.
“We are very shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our employee and friend Roger Ramos last night at Riptydz,” the resturaunt wrote in a statement released Sunday. “Roger was a much loved member of our staff and will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him and by the entire Riptydz family.”
Brown, of Toccoa, Georgia, is also charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime, unlawful use of a weapon and carrying a pistol or firearm into a premise of a business selling alcohol, beer or wine.
Brown appeared in court on Monday where no bond was set. Online records show Brown was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Tuesday at about 12:30 a.m.
On Sunday morning, there was a note on the door of the RipTydz that said: “CLOSED, SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.”
Myrtle Beach Police say officers were called to the restaurant around 1:13 a.m. after shots were fired. Upon investigation, officials say a fight broke out inside the bar and one man fired a weapon, striking the victim.
In a statement released Sunday the bar detailed plans to remember the fallen employee.
"In the following days, we plan to remain closed until Wednesday to give our staff time to reflect, recover, and celebrate the life of Roger Ramos. On Monday we will have grief counselors at the restaurant for our staff followed by a private memorial service for Roger and his family. "
Police say with the help of quick action of officers and witness cooperation, they were able to identify the suspect within minutes and have arrested one person in connection to the incident.
Myrtle Beach Mayor, Brenda Bethune, said in a Facebook post on Sunday:
"It is a very somber day for our community due to the horrendous event that took place early this morning at Riptydz.
In the blink of an eye many lives were forever impacted by a heinous act of violence.
I thank our Police Department who immediately responded and took action to ensure that the scene and surrounding areas were safe and secure. Even though this incident took place inside of a business, our officers worked to validate that our streets and surrounding areas are safe.
Thanks to the cooperation of witnesses the suspect was apprehended within minutes.
Today there is a family who has been traumatized by the death of their loved one and they must deal with the pain and grief for the rest of their lives.
The young man who was killed also had a work family who witnessed his horrific death and are also trying to cope with their loss.
My heartfelt prayers go out to all of them."
(Link to the full post below)
Officials are asking anyone with information to contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department as the investigation remains ongoing.