Police say witnesses withholding information as investigation continues

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The victim in a shooting at the Myrtle Beach nightclub that has been surrounded by controversy and recently shut down died at a hospital Monday night.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said that 25-year-old Apricia Brockington was pronounced dead at the Medical University of South Carolina Monday night from what appears to be complications from a gunshot wound received on Feb. 25 at a Myrtle Beach nightclub.

Edge said an autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow to determine the exact cause of death.

Brockington was taken to Conway Medical Center in serious condition. Edge believes she was later released but returned to the hospital as her condition worsened.

Myrtle Beach Police are still investigating what led to the shooting outside of the Myrtle Beach nightclub on the morning Feb. 25 that landed one victim in the hospital.

Myrtle Beach Police say the amount of time that's passed since Apricia Brockington was shot outside Tequila Empire hasn't diminished the importance of the investigation, and it's always been considered a top priority case.

"It's been a high profile case from the beginning," said Captain David Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police Department. "Obviously it made a lot of news and it's a serious crime."

Now that Brockington has passed away due to her injuries, the charges for the suspects will be more severe, but police aren't changing the way they're handling the case. Captain Knipes said detectives are interviewing suspects they spoke to previously and are taking a close look at evidence from the crime scene. He believes someone isn't sharing what they know.

"We know there's people out there that know something and haven't reported it to the police," Knipes said. "That is against the law. If they're withholding information, that's aiding and abetting."

The fact that Brockington's shooter is still on the loose is a big concern for people nearby the now-defunct Tequila Empire nightclub.

"They need to be brought into custody," said concerned neighbor Joyce Hale. "If he did this to her, he's got someone else on his list."

An incident report obtained by WMBF News states that officers responded to a reported shooting at Tequila Empire on South Kings Highway around 2:21 a.m. that Saturday.

After arriving on scene, witnesses reported that two black males exited Tequila Empire and walked in the direction of the back of the building.

Witnesses claim in that report that one of those men then pulled out a gun and began firing shots into a crowd of people. That witness, which police later told WMBF News was a security guard, began firing shots at that suspect before the two male suspects got into a Champagne colored Nissan Altima and drove away from the scene.

Sgt. Swanson with Myrtle Beach Police told WMBF News that one female victim was wounded by a gunshot to the stomach and was transported to Conway Medical Center for treatment.

The two male suspects were described by witnesses as black males in their late teens, both standing approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing around 130 pounds. Both were wearing white t-shirts and one was wearing a black cap with a red brim.

These suspects were last seen heading southbound on Kings Highway.

People who live and work near then nightclub had mixed reactions to news of a shooting. Some people told WMBF News they weren't surprised a shooting took place, saying they've heard of acts of violence stemming from around the club and are afraid of some of Tequila Empire's clientele.

But others say they're completely surprised by the event, and believe the club is generally quiet and safe.

"I don't know why anyone would say they're afraid," says Beverly Geraldine George, who lives nearby. "I walk by the club all the time. It's quiet and I've never seen any fighting there."

Phone calls to Tequila Empire were not returned.

The investigation into these suspects and the motive behind this incident is ongoing. Any information about the identity or whereabouts of these suspects should be reported to Myrtle Beach Police or your local authorities as soon as possible.

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