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Man arrested after brawl at Florence Co. bar

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Deron Myers (Source: Florence County Detention Center) Deron Myers (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A 24-year-old Effingham man is facing attempted murder charges after shots rang out in Pee Dee bar.

And now the owners of Down Beat Club in Coward are considering beefing up security.

Deputies with the Florence County Sheriff's Office responded to the call when gunshots rang out early Sunday morning, causing two shooting and one stabbing injury, according to Captain Michael Nunn of the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

Diana Robinson and her husband own the Down Beat club. "I was in bed but when you hear something shoot you are going to jump," said Robinson. Sunday was the first time a simple bar brawl escalated to the point where someone was shot, she continued.

"It's been there since 1973. We don't have problems with that kind of violence. When you have a club or bar you're going to have some kind of violence, but it not bad. The other night was just a scary thing," said Robinson.

Investigators said two patrons were shot and one was stabbed following an altercation at the club, with all three victims taken to area hospitals to have their injuries treated. None of the victims are believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

Robinson told WMBF News that she and her husband are considering hiring bouncers. Those bouncers will help with crowd control, and will pat down patrons before they come into the door.

What may ease their minds slightly is that the suspect, 24-year-old Deron Jardell Myers has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony.

"The majority of gun crimes are committed by criminals who can't legally possess a firearm in the first place, and no background check is going to deter them." Sheriff Kenney Boone stated. "But we will continue to use everything available to us to prosecute gun crimes to the fullest extent of the law."

The investigation into this incident is ongoing, and additional arrests and charges are possible.

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