MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Five people were shot and three were killed Saturday night in downtown Myrtle Beach, police Capt. David Knipes said Sunday.
The deadly incident occurred at the beachfront Bermuda Sands motel, where three men were killed and one person was wounded. Knipes said no one has been arrested.
Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler identifies the victims as Jamie Williams, 28, of Ladson, Devonte Dantzler, 21, of Summerville, and Sandy Gaddis Barnwell, 22, of Summerville. He says all three victims died from trauma to vital organs due to gunshot wounds, according to WBTW.
A witness told CNN affiliate WPDE that one of the victims ran after the shooting but eventually collapsed.
“It was like to the point where he had a lot of blood everywhere and he was just trying to breathe” and he died, Jamont Samuel told the station.
At the time of the shooting, people lined the sidewalks of Ocean Boulevard, which was jammed with Memorial Day vacationers and people who came to the area for Atlantic Beach BikeFest.
“I was scared to death. I just took off and started running. I was scared,” Debra Lovack told WPDE.
In one of the other nearby incidents, a woman was shot in the chin and a man in the shoulder. There were four other shootings where two people were wounded, police said.
Knipes said police don’t believe the shootings are connected.