Donny’s Saloon converts to hookah lounge following fatal shooting, four arrested receive bond

Updated: Apr. 12, 2021 at 3:18 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Bond was granted for the four people charged in connection with a shooting last month at a Myrtle Beach bar, where one person later died.

According to information from the Horry County Public Index, all four appeared for bond hearings Saturday afternoon. Each was granted a $5,000 personal recognizance bond on a charge of obstruction of justice.

The charges stem from the March 25 shooting at Donny’s Saloon on 3rd Avenue South in Myrtle Beach that ultimately resulted in one death.

According to the Horry County Coroner’s Office, 26-year-old Jas’sier Wilson, of Surfside Beach, died on April 2 from injuries sustained in the shooting.

During the investigation, authorities said staff at the bar did not call law enforcement or seek treatment for the victim and instead attempted to clean up the crime scene.

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This included mopping up the floor and removing shell casings in an attempt to impede the investigation, police said.

The four people charged with obstruction of justice in the case are:

  • Brian Rommel Foushee, 36, of Atlantic Beach
  • Isabella Rena Gaghum, 24, of Myrtle Beach
  • Danny Kevin Gunter, 37, of Myrtle Beach
  • Dominique Nichole Nance, 24, of Myrtle Beach

Police said more charges are expected to be filed in the case.

Donny’s Saloon re-opened as The Location, a hookah lounge, island bar and grill.

They took down some of the old letters Monday.

The Location management took down the front sign for Donny's Saloon as they rebrand the business.
The Location management took down the front sign for Donny's Saloon as they rebrand the business.(WMBF)

It’s a change that’s been in the works for a while, according to management. But it’s one they felt needed to be made, especially after the latest incident.

“I love to walk,” said Piper’s Pointe Apartments property manager JoAnn, who decline to provide a last name. “I love to hike. I used to walk from here, go past that bar, and go up on 501. I don’t do that anymore.”

JoAnn’s easily been able to cut walking past Donny’s Saloon out of her daily walks because she doesn’t think it’s safe, but she’s still concerned about her residents.

“I work here, I’m out at 5 o’clock,” said JoAnn. “It’s just getting started at that time. My main concern is my residents who live here, especially with the little kids who run around. That’s where my main concern is.”

JoAnn says many of her residents don’t have cars, and she worries about them when they have to walk past Donny’s Saloon on the way to Walmart.

Donny’s Saloon has been listed in 24 police reports since the start of 2018, eight of which were assaults.

New management doesn’t want it to be a place people are afraid of, so they’ve changed the business entirely.

The owner didn’t want to do an interview and couldn’t speak about the latest incident in which four employees were arrested, but she says a lot of the issues have been out of town visitors causing problems. She hopes the new business will attract less rowdy clientele.

JoAnn will still avoid it on her walks, but she hopes a change at Donny’s is the first step in revitalizing 3rd Avenue South as a whole.

“This area need to be cleaned up a little bit,” said JoAnn. “Make it a little safer.”

The owner says The Location intends to have a grand opening as soon as it finishes the process with the city of Myrtle Beach to approve its new signage.

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