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Shooters, victim charged in NMB bar spat

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Wayne Lloyd Duffus (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Wayne Lloyd Duffus (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Lorenzo Samuels (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Lorenzo Samuels (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Abel Gause (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Abel Gause (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A Thursday night bar fight in North Myrtle Beach ended with two suspected gunmen behind bars and a fugitive in the hospital.

Joe McLain owns Little John's Bar and Grill. He says he came to work this morning and saw police tape.

"I was very unhappy," McLain said. He wants people to know this happened after his bar had closed for the night.

According to North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling, the argument happened at Little John's Bar and Grill, which, according to MapQuest records, is located at 917 6th Ave South. The argument quickly escalated into one person pulling a gun and shooting the victim in the forearm.

"We try to have good security inside and it's kind of hard to control what's going on outside," McLain explained.

Police were dispatched to Little John's for shots fired and once arriving at the scene, officers discovered a 38-year-old black male with a gunshot wound to the left forearm.

According to the report, that bullet never exited his arm. The man was treated and transported to Grand Strand Regional Hospital.

Officers were able to locate one of the shooters, 27-year-old Wayne Lloyd Duffus, at the scene, according to Dowling. Duffus was spotted with a .40 caliber handgun at Little John's, and through their investigation, police contacted a second shooter, 26-year-old Lorenzo Ricardo Samuels, via telephone. Police say Samuels returned to the scene to speak with officers.

The two suspected shooters told police that an argument broke out, and quickly moved into a gun battle. Surveillance video shows that the shooters and the victim became involved in a verbal altercation, then retrieved guns from their respective vehicles and began an exchange of bullets as the victim was sitting in his car.

Both shooters were taken into police custody.

At Grand Strand Hospital, the shooting victim, 38-year-old Able Dwayne Gause, intentionally gave officers the wrong name and date of birth, confirms Dowling. Through their investigation, officers discovered the victim's real name and determined that he was a wanted fugitive.

Dowling says the preliminary charges filed are attempted murder, unlawful discharge of a firearm, resisting arrest and fugitive from justice. He adds that the charges may change depending on conversations police hold with the prosecutor.

It is not known at this time what caused the original argument.

Booking records for J. Reuben Long Detention Center show that Wayne Duffus was booked on Friday morning and charged with attempted murder and two counts of discharging firearms into a dwelling. He was released on $45,000 bond.

Lorenzo Samuels was also booked on Friday morning and charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and discharging firearms into a dwelling. He was released Saturday on $45,000 bond.

The shooting victim, Abel Gause, is being held in J. Reuben Long Detention Center as a fugitive from justice.

McLain is ready for his business to go back normal.

"You don't like anything adverse to take place. Whether you are responsible for it or not. And we were very unhappy for it to happen."

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