Crime

August 7, 2014

Man in custody following homcide at Ocean Boulevard hotel in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach police are investigating the shooting death of a man and have a suspect in custody in the Thursday morning killing at an Ocean Boulevard hotel, Capt. David Knipes said.

Myrtle Beach police are investigating the shooting death of a man and have a suspect in custody in the Thursday morning killing at an Ocean Boulevard hotel, Capt. David Knipes said.

Officers were called at 2:25 a.m. Thursday to the Wave Rider Resort at 1600 S. Ocean Blvd., for a shooting, Knipes said. When officers arrived they found a man had been shot and killed inside a room at the hotel.

Randy E. Banks, 49, of Myrtle Beach was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound to the chest, Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday in Charleston to confirm Banks’ cause of death.

Banks was originally from Michigan, but had lived in the Myrtle Beach area for a while, Edge said.

After investigators interviewed witnesses they were able to identify a suspect in the case, Knipes said.

Warrants were issued by 6:30 a.m. Thursday for 53-year-old Robert Carl Ware, and Knipes said he was taken into custody without incident at 7 a.m. somewhere along Pridgen Road.

Ware was being held at 6 a.m. Friday at the Myrtle Beach Jail on charges of murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Bond has not been set for Ware.

Police were able to determine there was a dispute inside the room between the men, who were acquaintances, Knipes said.

Thursday’s shooting is the second at the resort this year. On May 25, there was a shooting inside a room at the Wave Rider Resort that injured a brother and sister from Shelby, N.C. Police in June said charges would not be filed in that incident because victims and witnesses refused to cooperate with the investigation.

The shooting in May was one of eight confirmed shootings during Memorial Day weekend.

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