Wednesday, May 28 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-05-28 18:29:05 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Officials have released three 911 calls made on the night of Saturday, May 24, detailing the shooting incident at the Bermuda Sands motel that left three people dead and anotherMore >>
Officials have released three 911 calls made on the night of Saturday, May 24, detailing the shooting incident at the Bermuda Sands motel that left three people dead and another injured.More >>
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Three people were killed, and another injured in a shooting at the Bermuda Sands Motel on Ocean Boulevard late Saturday night, a police official confirmed. Police continue to investigate, and are asking the public for video and information of the incident.
Officers responded to a report of a large fight in front of the motel near First Avenue North at about 11 p.m., stated Myrtle Beach Police Captain David Knipes. Before officers arrived, three shots were fired by a man, striking and injuring Keith Williams. The man who shot Williams was described by police as a black male wearing black pants and a white shirt with writing on the front.
It is believed the people involved in the fight then fled to the second floor of the motel, Captain Knipes stated. As officers were tending to Williams, another offender went to the second floor and fired multiple shots at the people involved in the fight, striking and killing three people. It is believed the offender fled out the rear of the hotel.
Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler has identified the victims as Devonte Dantzler, 21, of Summerville, SC; Jamie Williams, 28, of Ladson, SC; and Sandy Gaddis Barnwell, 22, of Summerville, SC. All three deaths were ruled as homicides. The victims died of trauma to vital organs due to gun shots.
Police also arrested two offenders who were involved in the fight before the shootings, according to the police report. They were arrested on other charges related to the investigation, and not related to the shooting of any of the victims.
Mayor Rhodes speaks out
"I don't know if there's anything I could say that could satisfy our residents and the business community in our city right now," said Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes.
WMBF News spoke with the Mayor on Monday to see if the city has plans to make changes to Memorial Day Weekend security in the future to prevent crime. The short answer is yes.
"I'm fed up with it; I'm mad as hell about it," added Rhodes. "Something has to be done and whatever we have to do to correct this thing, that's the direction we're going in."
This triple homicide is one of five shootings in Myrtle Beach in less than 48 hours. Rhodes said this crime trend does not reflect the true Myrtle Beach.
"This is not Myrtle Beach. This is Memorial Day weekend that has been the black biker rally that all this is taking place," added Rhodes. "This is not what happens the rest of the year, so please don't look at this as something as a habit that happens every week."
"You always try to prepare for the unexpected. We've had shooting incidents before," Capt. Knipes said.
A witness who did not wish to be identified said that the shooting started from "somebody fighting in the streets over something that happened in the streets. Somebody told somebody to move out the streets. Basically, that's what happened, that's what escalated from the beginning."
A video apparently shows the scene when the shooting occurred. It was uploaded to Instagram by a user who wishes to remain anonymous. Capt. Knipes stated that police have obtained video of the initial fight in the street, and are seeking any additional cell phone video, witnesses, and information as to the second suspect from the second floor the hotel. The information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 843-918-1382.
One block of Ocean Boulevard South was closed down for several hours overnight while South Carolina Law Enforcement investigators and MBPD detectives were on scene, according to Raycom News Network reporter Jody Barr. Investigators were seen on the motel's second floor balcony. Officers spent several hours keeping people away from the crime scene.
"You don't want Bike Week to be like that," the witness said. "You want Bike Week to be peaceful."
Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:27:50 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The City of Myrtle Beach and the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation wants your opinion on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Visit the link here to let the city know how you feel aboutMore >>
The City of Myrtle Beach and the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation wants your opinion on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:18:52 GMT
ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Reporter Lauren Weppler is in Atlantic Beach Tuesday morning, live-tweeting from the town's meeting with Governor Nikki Haley. Follow Lauren's tweets below: Tweets by @LMore >>
Governor Nikki Haley still vows to put an end to Atlantic Beach's annual Memorial Day weekend Bikefest, and the town's Mayor still vows to keep it. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:52:22 GMT
JOHNSONVILLE, SC (WMBF) Police in Johnsonville are showing us a unique way burglars were able to burglarize homes, several times without the home owners realizing their stuff was gone until it was tooMore >>
Police in Johnsonville have seen a unique way burglars are able to burglarize homes, without the homeowners knowing until it's too late. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:51:46 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The heat index on Monday soared till triple digits across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee causing plenty of people to seek water to cool off. Many folks turned out to the beachesMore >>
The heat index on Monday soared to triple digits across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, causing plenty of people to seek water to get cooled.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:09:17 GMT
GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - Georgetown Hospital System will offer four free information sessions on its new comprehensive medical weight management program through August that addresses the medical complicationsMore >>
Georgetown Hospital System will offer four free information sessions on its new comprehensive medical weight management program through August that addresses the medical complications of overweight and obesity.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:13 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:13:13 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Police responded to a call at a home off Cedar Street Monday afternoon in reference to woman who stabbed her boyfriend. Officers arrived at the home around 4:30More >>
Myrtle Beach Police responded to a call at a home off Cedar Street Monday afternoon in reference to woman who stabbed her boyfriend.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:09:56 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBMF) - Today is a huge improvement over yesterday. We have lots of sunshine on tap and cooler temperatures in the mid 80s for everyone. Possibly, the best part of all is the fact thatMore >>
Today is a huge improvement over yesterday. We have lots of sunshine on tap and cooler temperatures in the mid 80s for everyone.
Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:59:02 GMT
FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - City and state law enforcement agents responded to an officer-involved shooting Monday night in Florence. A suspect accused of trying to rob gas from Cruizers on Palmetto StreetMore >>
A man was shot and killed by a Florence City police officer Monday night, allegedly after a gas station robbery on Palmetto Street. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-07-29 11:57:08 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The WMBF News First Alert Weather Team is partnering with Beach Church to host an inaugural Hurricane Expo for residents of Horry County to prepare for the season. The family-friendlyMore >>
The WMBF News First Alert Weather Team is partnering with Beach Church to host an inaugural Hurricane Expo for residents of Horry County to prepare for the season.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-07-29 11:56:33 GMT
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for a missing 14-year-old boy. Skyler Wade Peacock, 14, of Mill Drive in Ash, was last seen at his home at aboutMore >>
Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for a missing 14-year-old boy. Skyler Wade Peacock, 14, of Mill Drive in Ash, was last seen at his home at about 2 p.m. Monday, according to BCSO officials.More >>