Investigation continues into Myrtle Beach Memorial Day weekend shootings

troot@thesunnews.comMay 27, 2014 

The investigation continued Tuesday into the shooting deaths of three people killed during the Memorial Day weekend in Myrtle Beach, according to authorities.

No arrests had been made Tuesday and no specific suspect information was available for release, Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said.

“Detectives are going through a lot of information and they are still investigating,” Knipes said. “We had a large number of people here and we have a large amount of information but still no one has come forward to help provide any details.”

It would be helpful, Knipes said, for someone to provide police with information about who is responsible in the shootings. It was also unclear what started the fights that led to the shootings and how many people were involved.

Devonte Dantzler, 21, Sandy Gaddis Barnwell, 22, both of Summerville and Jamie Williams, 28, of Ladson each died from trauma they suffered from gunshot wounds during the incident at the Bermuda Sands Resort at 104 N. Ocean Blvd., Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said.

Keith A. Williams, 24, was wounded during the shooting and remains hospitalized for treatment.

Barwell was pronounced dead while she was being treated at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, while Jamie Williams and Dantzler were pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, authorities said.

Family members of the victims could not be immediately reached Tuesday for comment.

Myrtle Beach police also responded to at least five shootings that injured seven other people, all of which remain under investigation, Knipes said.

In the police report, officers were called at 11:03 p.m. Saturday about a large fight in the street in front of the hotel. Before officers got there they learned three shots were fired by a man striking Keith Williams.

Jamie Williams, Dantzler and Barnwell had gone to the second floor of the hotel after the fight when multiple gunshots were fired hitting the trio, according to the report. Police believe the shooter ran out of the rear of the hotel and left the area.

Two men were arrested on charges unrelated to the shooting at the scene of the incident.

A records check with the State Law Enforcement Division showed that Barnwell did not have a previous arrest record, but that Dantzler, Jamie Williams and Keith Williams each had encounters with law enforcement on mostly misdemeanor charges.

Dantzler and Jamie Williams had been previously charged with felonies, but those dealt with theft and drug possession.

Keith Williams had been free on bond since February after he was charged in connection with a shooting on Dec. 20, 2012, at the Game Room in Charleston County.

Williams was charged in January 2013 with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to SLED records.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the Memorial Day weekend shooting or has cellphone video to email btruex@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call 918-1382.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or on Twitter @tonyaroot.

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