Deputies identify victims in deadly shooting at Pawleys Island nightclub

Updated: Mar. 29, 2019 at 2:19 PM EDT
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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Two people have died following a shooting early Friday morning at a nightclub in the Pawleys Island area, according to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.

The Georgetown County Coroner’s Office released the names of the victims Friday afternoon. They’ve been identified as 28-year-old Matthew Cobb, Jr., of Hemingway, and 28-year-old Tevin Washington, of Georgetown.

A third person was also taken to an area hospital with gunshot wounds, a GCSO press release stated.

Deputies were called to an unidentified nightclub at 915 Petigru Drive shortly after 3 a.m., after getting calls about the shooting.

This is the second deadly shooting at this nightclub in less than a year. Last July, Damien Chevere Grate was charged with murder in the death of 24-year-old Lamar Nathan Easterling.

Homeowners and business owners in the area said it’s time for the violence to stop.

“I mean, this just happened in July. The same thing. It bothers me that we have places of business that come in here early to start their day and you have to worry about this kind of activity happening," said Kim Gaskins.

She thinks it’s time for business owners and homeowners to speak up and come forward about the issues they see on Petigru Drive.

“How can we change the area? There’s a new home neighborhood being built. That’ll change the landscape back there a little bit for the better,” said Sue Asbaty, a 12-year Pawleys Island resident who said she doesn’t live far from where the shooting happened. “It has been not the best, not the worst. I think after 5 o’clock when the sun goes down it’s a different place.”

The man who owns the land and leases out the building on the property did not want to speak on camera, but said what happened early Friday morning is unfortunate. He said he heard what sounded like 20 to 30 gun shots around the time the incident happened.

“All this death and stuff over.. You know, people need to wake up," said Gaskins.

Investigators are continuing to work Friday’s shooting. Anyone with information should call the GCSO at (843) 546-5102.

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