Crime

Victim of Pawleys Island shooting dies at hospital, authorities said

A 24-year-old was shot outside of this Pawleys Island nightclub on Petigru Drive early Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The victim later died at the hospital.
A 24-year-old was shot outside of this Pawleys Island nightclub on Petigru Drive early Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The victim later died at the hospital. hstrong@thesunnews.com

The victim of an early morning shooting Tuesday died at the hospital hours after he was shot, according to Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.

Lamar Easterling, 24, of Pawleys Island, was shot at a nightclub on Petigru Drive, said Jason Lesley with GCSO.

Tuesday’s shooting was the second in two days in Pawleys Island, but the incidents are not related. Lesley said shootings are a “rarity” for Pawleys Island.

“Any kind of gunfire is out of character for Pawleys Island,” he said. “We are working hard to find who was involved in those shootings and get those cases solved.”

Easterling was a former Waccamaw High School student.

David Hammel, who was WHS principal while Easterling was in school, said Easterling never met a stranger at Waccamaw High.

“Lamar was incredibly caring and humorous and a loving young man,” Hammel said.

Officers responded about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday to 915 Petigru Drive after reports of shots fired. There was a large crowd that had gathered at the building, Lesley said.

A second person, who was not shot, was taken to the hospital with injuries, he said.

The nightclub has no visible sign with a name and is in a residential area and near businesses just off Martin Luther King Road.

Henrietta Bryant, who rents out the building where the nightclub is and lives nearby, said she didn’t hear gunshots and didn’t know what happened until she woke up Tuesday morning.

“I don’t condone it,” she said. “They do what they want over there.”

Bryant said as long as rent is being paid and the sheriff’s office doesn’t shut it down, she will allow the club to operate. She said the club has been open for about two years.

The man who runs the club could not be reached before publication.

Lesley said officers have determined there is no additional threat to the community.

An earlier shooting happened just after midnight Sunday on Petigru Drive and Ocean Highway in the parking lot of the Sandbar, also known as the Club House, and near Pawleys Wine & Spirits. A woman was hospitalized after she was shot in the hip.

McNackie Funderburk, manager of the Sandbar, said the business is working with GCSO and providing video footage from the night of the incident.

Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong

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