Three dead in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, motel shooting

By Kelly Moreno,

Three people are dead after a shooting in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, motel that took place Saturday night.

The shooting happened at 11 p.m. in front of guests and tourists at oceanfront Bermuda Sands Motel, Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes told The Associated Press.

There were four victims. Three were pronounced dead at the scene and the other was transported to a local hospital. The deceased have been identified as Devonte Dantzler, 21, Sandy Gaddis Barnwell, 22, and Jamie Williams, 28.

According to reports by The New York Daily News, witnesses say the shooting began after a fight broke out and escalated.

Knipes said that while there are currently no suspects in custody, detectives are working “around the clock” to find leads and determine a motive.

The shooting occurred during the annual Atlantic Beach BikeFest, which was taking place no more than 20 miles away from the motel. It is not uncommon for police to deal with motorcycle accidents and other minor offenses during the event, but a violent shooting is unusual.

In all of 2013, Knipes said Myrtle Beach only had two homicides.

Image via Twitter from NBC Charlotte

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