MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – One person is dead and several others are injured following an early morning shooting Monday in Myrtle Beach, police said.
The shooting happened at Allen’s Food Basket in the 1000 block of Highway 501 around 4:30 a.m., according to Myrtle Beach Police Cpl. Tom Vest.
Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard identified the victim as 30-year-old Darius Hemingway of Myrtle Beach. She added that he died at the scene from his injuries.
Investigators worked well into the afternoon processing what could’ve led to the shooting.
Throughout the day, family and friends of the victims stopped by the crime scene still in disbelief.
“We come down here and we find out that there’s tape everywhere, police is everywhere,” one woman said.
The woman, who didn’t want to be identified, said her nephew is one of the victims.
“It’s senseless. I’m hurt," she said. "The only thing I can do is pray for the family who lost their son and for the ones in surgery pleading for their life.”
The people injured in the shooting are receiving treatment, Vest added. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.
Meanwhile, the act of violence has Charles Shotts, owner of 501 Furniture and More nearby, concerned.
“I worry that it could put a ding on this area,” Shotts said. “Maybe something could’ve happened to the building, but that really is the least of my worries now that I know that somebody has passed away.”
Shotts said his store opened in the location along Highway 501 in 2002.
“It’s been a great location for us and I don’t have any problems," Shotts said.
The business owner said he feels for the families involved and hopes something like this doesn’t happen again.
“You always worry about that, but I feel that our police department will take care of whatever issues happen in the neighborhood,” he said.
According to Vest, the suspect in the case remains at large.
Anyone with photos or videos that could aid in the investigation is asked to call Myrtle Beach police at 843-918-1382.