Coroner identifies man killed in shooting along Kings Highway; police search for suspects

Police investigate deadly shooting along Kings Highway; search continues for suspects

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Police are investigating a deadly shooting Monday night in Myrtle Beach.

Officers were called around 10 p.m. to the 100 block of N. Kings Highway for reports of a person shot. According to Myrtle Beach Police Cpl. Tom Vest, a male victim was found in a vehicle that was stopped in the roadway.

“The investigation up to this point indicates that the shooting happened inside the vehicle and two males fled from the scene after the shooting,” Vest said.

He added the man was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Horry County Deputy Coroner Patty Bellamy identified the victim as 23-year-old Quashaun Bromell from Myrtle Beach.

Another occupant of the vehicle was not injured in the shooting, according to police.

"We are committed to holding the person or persons responsible for this act of violence accountable,” Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock said.

Evie Medina and her family were on vacation and walking to Dollar General shortly before the shooting Monday night.

“We actually passed the Waffle House. It was quiet in the area, but on the way back we heard a lot of sirens and that’s when we came up to the scene," Medina said.

Ronny Sharpe lives across from the Waffle House and said he awoke to a bang.

“It woke me up and by that time the police came. It seemed like there was 15 to 20 cars over there and they were all over this neighborhood and they finally come to my door and asked me if I see anyone running,” Sharpe described.

Sharpe said he’s lived in the area for 45 years and wasn’t too scared.

“No it’s not that bad. People get wild sometimes. Everywhere you go. It doesn’t have to be Myrtle Beach. It’s everywhere,” Sharpe said.

Others reacted to the news of the shooting by referring to the city as ‘Murder Beach’ and questioned if Myrtle Beach would ever clean up.

BREAKING: Myrtle Beach police are investigating after one person was shot along Kings Highway. The investigation is happening between 1st Avenue South and 3rd Avenue North. MORE INFO >> https://bit.ly/2sz3BNS

Posted by WMBF News on Monday, December 30, 2019

Myrtle Beach city leaders have made public safety a top priority for the past few years by increasing officers and funding.

From 2014-2018, homicides have decreased by 50% in Myrtle Beach, according to data in the city’s 2019-2020 budget.

In August, the police department announced a 14% decrease in violent crimes and only one homicide.

WMBF has requested data for the entire year and are waiting to hear back.

A spokesperson for the Myrtle Beach Police Department said they want to focus on this loss of life and act of violence. The department is focused on investigating this crime and holding those accountable responsible.

Medina said it was her first time vacationing in the city, but the shooting wouldn’t deter her from visiting again.

“It was definitely scary because it was the first time we ever experienced anything like that, especially on vacation,” Medina said.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information on the shooting, call Myrtle Beach police at 843-918-1382 and reference report number 19-027219. Callers can remain anonymous.

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