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Police arrest man wanted for August shooting death

(Source: J Reuben Long) (Source: J Reuben Long)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Officers were on the hunt for a suspect after a man was shot and killed on Collins Street in Myrtle Beach early August, according to the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Damiean Lamont Cantey has been identified as the suspect and warrants have been obtained for Cantey on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime, according to Lt. Joey Crosby.

Lt. Crosby says Cantey was considered to be armed and dangerous.

Dominick Goodwin, age 23, of Myrtle Beach, has been identified as the victim of the shooting, according to Darris Fowler, Horry County Deputy Coroner. As of Tuesday afternoon, Deputy Coroner Fowler says that the cause of death is still pending autopsy findings.

Patrol Sergeant Michael Hull said officers were called to the shooting around 9:30 p.m. Monday. 

Through the night into early Tuesday morning, crime scene investigators were processing the homicide scene and detectives were working to identify leads and seek any suspects involved with the murder. 

A witness who wishes to remain anonymous said he actually saw what happened right before a fatal shot was fired on Collins Street.

"I saw four or five guys over here. I thought they were playing football, but as I got closer to the inside of the fence there, I could tell that they were beating on one guy," he said. "Four or five guys were beating on one guy on the ground."

The man said he started yelling at them to get off the man and stop fighting.

"They started dispersing and that's when I saw the larger guy pull a gun out of his pocket," he said.

He said he didn't realize at first that person actually shot the man.

"I thought that he was just shooting into the ground I guess trying to get the effect that, 'Next time, I'm going to kill you,'" he said. 

He found out the man had been shot and died when police arrived. He said there were other witnesses around, who he hopes will start to come forward too.

"As long as nobody sees 'nothing,' nothing's going to change," he said. "It's going to take the people of this neighborhood to stand up and say we're tired of this mess, we're not putting up with it."

According to Myrtle Beach Police reports, Damiean Lamont Cantey was arrested for murder and weapons possession/ weapon during a violent crime.

Police reports also say, Cantey is awaiting trial.

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