Police officers, victims testify in Pure Ultra Club shooting trial

Trial underway for man accused of injuring five in 2016 Pure Ultra Club shooting

CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – Testimony is underway in the trial of the man accused of injuring five people in a 2016 shooting at the Pure Ultra Club in downtown Myrtle Beach.

According to information from the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, opening statements took place Monday in the trial of Cleavon Oneal Dantzler.

Dantzler is accused of opening fire in the early-morning hours of Nov. 5, 2016. Of the five victims, police said four were bystanders.

The prosecution called Myrtle Beach police officer Scott Williamson to the stand on Tuesday.

Williamson testified that he took pictures of evidence the scene which included a gun, magazine, serial number and bullet casings. He also stated that a Glock 9mm was found on the ground in the parking lot and that it was packaged up.

Williamson also testified that neither the police department or State Law Enforcement Division tested the 9mm for DNA, blood or sweat. He said the firearm was sent to a facility in Charleston where they tested the gun to see if the casings were fired from the gun at the scene or any other scene in the U.S. The serial number was also run to check if it was stolen but the results were negative.

A man who was a bouncer the night of the shooting and two victims also took the stand on Tuesday.

One victim who was shot in the hand said that the club was dark and he could not see who shot him. Another victim also testified that she did not see the shooter.

The case was originally set for trial in October but was delayed following a request from the defense after new information came to their attention.

In the wake of the Pure Ultra Club shooting, its business license was revoked and the Myrtle Beach City Council required all bars and clubs in the area, formerly known as the Superblock, to close at 2 a.m.

That downtown area is currently being revamped as an arts and innovation district.

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