Georgetown man given prison sentence not to exceed 5 years in Myrtle Beach shooting

A Georgetown County man was sentenced to no more than five years in prison after he pleaded guilty, under the Youthful Offender Act, to assault in connection with a shooting at Myrtle Beach’s Broadway at the Beach, according to court records.

Pablo Alberto Vargas, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and battery and Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced him under the YOA and orderd that he pay court costs, according to court records.

Vargas was originally charged with four counts of attempted murder in the December shooting at Broadway at the Beach. Those charges were dismissed.

Myrtle Beach police were called about 2:20 a.m. Dec. 10 to Celebrity Circle for a shooting, according a police report.

Witnesses told police that two people were shooting at each other in the parking lot of Hard Rock Café, according to the report. During the shooting, several vehicles in the parking lot were damaged and the suspects had fled the area before police arrived.

Damage was estimated at $800 to four vehicles that were struck by bullets during the shooting, according to the report.

In a press release from Myrtle Beach police, officials said Vargas argued with four people at the location and when they got into a vehicle to drive away Vargas shot into the vehicle. Myrtle Beach police arrested Vargas with assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force without incident.