MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The sound of gunfire sent police to a motel on Ocean Boulevard Tuesday night where they found a Kingstree man suffering from gunshots wounds, launching an investigation into his death.
The call for shots fired directed Myrtle Beach Police officers to the Sea Mist Driftwood on the 1200 block of South Ocean Boulevard around 10:07 p.m. Tuesday, but according to the police report, officers couldn't find anything there.
Speaking again with the person who called police, the officers arrived at the Cam Motel located just next door to find broken glass outside of a room on the first floor, and inside a man on the floor with gunshot wounds.
When EMS arrived on scene they were unable to revive the victim, identified as 30-year-old Marcus Darnell Nelson of Kingstree.
Horry County Coroner Robert Edge reports that the autopsy performed at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center Wednesday morning confirms Nelson died from a gunshot wound and was shot several times.
The report lists the incident as murder/non-negligent manslaughter.
There are two possible suspects, black males, one described to have been wearing a dark shirt and one glove at the time of the crime. The other may have been carrying a red backpack.
The report lists a suspect vehicle as a white 2005 Dodge Avenger with South Carolina tags 'FPJ-211.' Another possible suspect vehicle was towed from the scene Tuesday evening.
Vacationers in the area say the shooting hit a little too close for comfort.
"It does make me a little nervous. I have a 17 year old and a 5 year old about to turn 6, so a random thing like that happening around here does make you think," says Michigan native Jeffery, visiting the Grand Strand with his family.
"They went in there and got the body out, they put it on a stretcher," says Adrian Revollar, a tourist staying in the hotel next door to the shooting. Revollar adds, "it was kinda scary, knowing someone just got killed there, it was kinda close."
WMBF News is working to learn more about this incident and will bring you the late-breaking details on WMBFNews.com. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call Myrtle Beach Police as soon as possible.