Suspect in 2011 shooting charged with assault

Pablo Vargas (Source: Myrtle Beach Police)
Pablo Vargas (Source: Myrtle Beach Police)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The man that turned himself in for a shooting at Broadway at the Beach in December has been sentenced on an assault charge.

Police in Myrtle Beach spent days investigating what lead to a reported shooting at Broadway at the Beach on the morning on December 10 before 21-year-old Pablo Vargas turned himself in to authorities.

Investigators with the Myrtle Beach Police Department say shots were exchanged between two cars in the Broadway at the Beach parking lot near the Hard Rock Cafe shortly after 2:30 a.m. A verbal argument had erupted between one suspect and four others, and that suspect, believed to be Vargas, fired shots at their vehicle as they attempted to drive away.

No injuries were reported as a result of this shooting.

An incident report indicates the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force assisted Myrtle Beach Police is the arrest of Vargas three days after the incident.

When Vargas voluntarily entered police custody, he was facing four counts of attempted murder, and his bond was set at $40,000.

The booking office at J. Reuben Long Detention Center tells WMBF News that Vargas was sentenced Friday to first degree assault and battery, and his attempted murder charges have been dismissed.

At nearby businesses, like the Mobil Oil gas station next door, employees were surprised that a shooting could take place at Broadway.

"That's hard to hear," said Brenda Brown. "This is a good neighborhood, so it's shocking to believe that they did that."

Brown was also quick to point out that the crime itself has little to do with its location.

"It could happen anywhere," she said. "It could happen here, or at the mall, anywhere."

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