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'Three strikes, you’re out': County shuts down local bar after deadly shooting

Horry County police investigate deadly shooting at Koyote Saloon

Horry County police remained on scene investigating through the morning after a shooting happened about 3 a.m. at the Koyote Saloon off U.S. 501 on Friday.
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Horry County police remained on scene investigating through the morning after a shooting happened about 3 a.m. at the Koyote Saloon off U.S. 501 on Friday.

After several incidents and infractions — coupled with Friday morning's shooting that left one man dead — the county has forced Koyote Saloon's doors to close immediately.

“Our lawyers had already been building a case on this particular entity and had issues in the past. So this was just like, 'three strikes, you’re out,'" said Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus. "We felt we had the case built enough, especially after the incident last night, coupled with the other incidents that we had on record, that enacted our nuisance ordinance to revoke their business license."

Koyote Saloon's revocation of business license states the bar has "become a nuisance" due to an excessive amount of public safety issues and criminal activity reported there in the "relatively limited" time it's been open.

Other parts of the document mention that the business violated "any condition" upon which the license was originally issued. Koyote Saloon was required to comply with all state and local laws, including cutting liquor sales off by 2 a.m.

“This is a good thing for Horry County," Lazarus said. "The moves we made, the policies we put in place, gave our law enforcement and our code enforcement people more tools to work with to be able to protect our citizens and get rid of these kind of nuisance places."

Friday's shooting marked Koyote Saloon's most recent incident, which happened about 3 a.m. at the bar located at 3506 Waccamaw Blvd. off U.S. 501.

The victim, 26-year-old Conway resident Reginald Washington, was pronounced dead shortly after he was taken to the hospital.

Authorities said EMS transported the second victim, a 26-year-old Myrtle Beach resident, to a different hospital once he was stabilized.

Horry County police continue to investigate.

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