Socastee residents react to fatal shooting

Sylvester Smart Jr.
Sylvester Smart Jr.

Horry County, SC - SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - Police in Horry County continue to search for a suspect involved in a fatal shooting early Saturday morning in Socastee.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge confirmed Sylvester Smart Jr. died at the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center around 3 a.m. Saturday from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Smart, according to officials, was involved in a shooting at the Strand Village housing development off Dick Pond Road in Socastee.

Neighbors say they're not too surprised to hear about the shooting, but they do say it is worrisome.

"I was scared. I was gonna wake up my family and tell them not to go out the gate," said a 14-year-old neighbor who didn't want to be identified.

He said he knew Smart and knew something was wrong as soon as he heard gunshots.

"I only heard one big loud boom and then I heard a couple more after that, looked outside and there was bullet holes in the car [and] in the house," he said.

Investigators with the Horry County Police Department have not released any details regarding a suspect or the motive behind the shooting.

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