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Two men found dead in Socastee Plaza parking lot; police investigating as double homicide

The scene of the double homicide. (Source: Jonathan Dick) The scene of the double homicide. (Source: Jonathan Dick)
The scene of the double homicide. (Source: Jonathan Dick) The scene of the double homicide. (Source: Jonathan Dick)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Two young men were found dead in the parking lot of the Socastee Plaza Monday morning, and police are investigating the incident as a double homicide.

The call came in to Horry County Fire Rescue at about 7 a.m., about an injured man lying beside a van. Fire rescue came, found the man was dead and called police, according to Lt. Raul Denis with the Horry County Police Department. A second deceased man was found inside the van, he added.

Police are investigating this incident as a double homicide. Denis said the two men were young.

He added investigators found shell casings in the area and it looked like the victims may have been shot, but police are awaiting autopsy results.

Denis said police haven't identified any motives or connections. They're working on finding and evaluating surveillance footage.

The van was described as an older model brown van, according to Denis.

There was no indication how long the men had been there; Denis said that is part of the police investigation.

This is the same location where a 65-year-old woman was found stabbed to death inside a laundromat on June 3. One man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with that death. 

Several businesses are located in Socastee Plaza and surround the shopping center.

Kaiden's Roadhouse is preparing to open in the next few weeks.

"I just thought it was a good location," said Tom Pate, who owns Kaiden's Roadhouse. "I don’t know. Over the last month, I don’t know if I’ve made a mistake or not."

Pate started negotiating for the building about two years ago and has been working to redo the inside of it for the past four months.

“I’ve just gone too far to stop now," he said.

Pate doesn’t plan to keep the sports-themed restaurant open any later than 2 a.m., and he's been pushing for further safety measures in Socastee Plaza since he signed for the space.

“I wanted more lighting where people can come in and feel safe," he said. "He did some lighting, but I’m not satisfied with the lighting, especially now. I want a lot more lighting done up.”

Pate also said he wants a security guard.

When Kaiden’s Roadhouse opens to customers within the next few weeks,Pate thinks the foot traffic could bring new life to the plaza and help all of the businesses succeed.

“Just bring out the good in everybody I guess," he said. "I hope. I really, really hope.”

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