Two weeks after the reported incident, Horry County police have released the name of a shooter wanted after gunfire erupted in the parking lot of Pirate’s Voyage.
The suspect has been identified as Louis Vandunk, the department reported on its Twitter page Tuesday, asking anyone with information about his location to call 843-915-8477.
The suspect’s name originally was blacked out in a censored incident report on the shooting, which indicated the case was marked “administratively closed” with no follow-up investigation when officers reported they checked the suspect’s last two addresses and couldn’t find him.
A security guard at the dinner theater told Horry County police he saw two males, one white and one black, run from the front of the business to the back where he heard what sounded like three to five gunshots around 8:30 p.m. on June 4. The guard said that one of the men then ran back in the opposite direction, got into a white car and sped away, according to a police report.
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Another employee told police that he saw the white man run to the back parking lot and turn to fire three shots back towards the building. The employee was able to identify the suspect through a DMV photo, according to the report.
Other witnesses at the scene also identified the suspect, but that information was blacked out in the initial report, which did note, however, that the gunman was 22 years old and had lived in Little River.
When asked about the concealment of the suspect’s identity, Krystal Dotson said that they withhold that information until a suspect is arrested and formerly served with warrants.
Vandunk is currently listed as “wanted” by police in the department’s Twitter post.
Although the original police report marked the case closed, Dotson said the case has since been reopened.
“The incident has been assigned to a detective who is actively working the case,” she said.