Drug deal may have prompted Atlantic Beach shooting

08/15/2014 6:06 AM

08/15/2014 6:10 AM

A drug deal and an argument may have preceded a shooting in Atlantic Beach Wednesday night, according to an Horry County Police Department incident report.

Police responded about 9 p.m. Wednesday to 603 30th Avenue South where a man was found with a gunshot wound to his abdomen, while his girlfriend had an injury to her her upper lip and blood covering her shirt, the report said.

The report lists drug dealing and an argument as the circumstances and lists the suspect as a 21-year-old man, an acquaintance of both victims.

Lt. Robert Kegler, with Horry County police, said county detectives are investigating the incident because there was no Atlantic Beach officer on duty when the shooting occurred.

The woman told police the suspect pistol-whipped her in the face. Police found the male victim on his back on the floor, beside a bed in the apartment. Officers said he was alert but in too much pain to communicate when they arrived.

He was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center for treatment and was listed in stable condition Thursday.

No arrests have been made. The suspect had been staying in the same apartment building as the victims, police said.

Police recovered a shell casing and a projectile from the victims’ apartment. Police did not find anything of interest in the suspect’s unit.

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