Crime

He shot a man outside a Pawleys Island nightclub. Then the crowd attacked, cops say

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 suspect in a deadly Pawleys Island shooting was attacked by a crowd of witnesses after allegedly firing at the victim, according to the police report for the incident.

Lamar Esterling, a 24-year-old former Waccamaw High student, was killed after police say he was shot in the chest just after 2 a.m. Tuesday outside a club on Petigru Drive.

The suspect, who police identified as 27-year-old Damien Chevere Grate, was attacked by a crowd of witnesses after shooting the victim, police said. Grate was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment.

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Damien Chevere Grate faces murder charges after a shooting in Pawleys Island. Georgetown County Sheriff's Office

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office charged Grate with murder Wednesday. He also faces charges of felon in possession of a handgun and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the shooting.

Police arrived on scene to find two people hurt on the ground, the report said, and were told by witnesses that an argument that started between the two inside the club spilled outside. That was when the suspect fired at the victim, according to police.

Easterling was taken to Waccamaw Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The incident was the second shooting in as many days in Pawleys Island, a rarity for the community, according to Jason Lesley of the Georgetown County Sheriffs Office.

“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.”

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