Witnesses talk about shooting
Two people face charges after a 24-year-old was shot and killed in a bathroom off Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach just before midnight Thursday.
Myrtle Beach police said two people, both from North Carolina, face charges. Their identities and nature of the crimes won't be identified until they are served with arrest warrants.
The victim, Sylvester Bellamy Jr., of Myrtle Beach, died at about 12:20 a.m. Friday, according to deputy coroner Darris Fowler.
Myrtle Beach Police Capt. Joey Crosby said officers responded to the discharge of a weapon at 1104 Withers Alley. The incident, just blocks away from the Carolina County Music Festival stages, was reported at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday.
When officers arrived at the bathrooms, they found the victim with a gunshot wound and provided medical care, Crosby said. Officers called EMS who took the victim to the hospital. He was pronounced dead about an hour later at Grand Stand Medical Center.
"Someone shot my cousin,'" Sway Baker said. "I want to know who shot my cousin. They shot my cousin right here on the Boulevard."
Baker and Buggy Cornell were near the shooting site soon after the incident. They said they didn't know the condition of their cousin at that time.
The two said the shooter probably disliked seeing Bellamy speaking to another woman.
"I don't know what went on after that," Baker said.
There was a heavy police presence near Ocean Boulevard following the shooting, which officials said was to ensure everybody's safety. The bathrooms were taped off by investigators as they collected evidence. Several people walking along the street wondered what happened or said they didn't know about the shooting.
Police also rerouted traffic in the area.
Crosby said at 12:30 a.m. officers saw the suspects walking with others near 29th Avenue North and Kings Highway. All the individuals were detained.
The shooting had no connection to the Carolina County Music Festival, Crosby said.
Anyone with information or witnesses are asked to contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department at (843) 918-1382.