A Myrtle Beach native is dead and a Georgia man faces murder charges following a shooting at Riptydz early Sunday morning.
The victim was Roger Ramos, 25, according to the Horry County Coroner’s Office.
Myrtle Beach police say they arrested Jakkari Jaquille De’Andre Brown, 24, of Tocca, Georgia. He has pending warrants for murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a violent crime, unlawful use of a weapon and carrying a pistol or firearm into a premise of a business selling alcohol, beer or wine.
About 1:15 a.m., authorities responded to a shooting at Riptydz Oceanfront Grille, 1210 N. Ocean Blvd., according to the police department. The police investigation determined a fight started in the bar and a man fired the gun, hitting the victim in the head.
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Witnesses helped identify the suspect, who was quickly taken into custody, according to police.
Daniel Stotler was with Ramos at Riptydz and fought tears as he talked about the loss of his friend since grade school.
”I’m never going to see my friend again,” Stotler said.
Stotler said he and Ramos were at Riptydz to watch a UFC pay-per-view. A fight broke out in the grille and ended quickly. A second fight then started.
”I see the dude pull out the gun,” Stotler said.
Stotler yelled “gun,” jumped to protect a woman and the shot rang out. He looked up to see the legs of Ramos on the ground as people tried to provide care. Stotler estimated he was 6 feet away when the shooting occurred.
T. Brad Hudson, who was with his wife on the third floor when the shooting rang out with about 200 people around, provided some details in a message to The Sun News. On the roof, there wasn’t an apparent emergency exit, but his wife laid on top of some teenagers to shield them and keep them calm.
Bar staff opened the back door and yelled for everybody to exit down a staircase, according to Hudson.
‘A loveable dude’
Ramos graduated from Myrtle Beach High School and was a funny guy, someone who would give another person the shirt off his back, and he was a spiritual man, Stotler said.
”He was a loveable dude,” the childhood friend said.
Riptydz owner Steve Ghidella said Ramos was an off-duty employee.
“Our thoughts are with his family,” Ghidella said.
Ghidella said the grille has security, but didn’t know how the suspect got the gun into the establishment. Riptydz officials released a lengthy statement on social media on Sunday afternoon about the shooting.
The restaurant stated it will be closed through Wednesday.
Grief counselors will be available for staff members on Monday before a private memorial, the statement reads. There are plans to create a GoFundMe page, and the grille will donate a portion of proceeds in the coming weeks to the Ramos family. The restaurant stated it was “shocked by the tragic and senseless gun violence that took place.”
Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune also posted on social media in response to the shooting, which she called “senseless.” In the post, Bethune said she wanted to remind people that Myrtle Beach is safe and there is a hurting family.
“Let us continue to be a community that cares and show our love and support in this time of need,” she wrote on Facebook.