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Myrtle Beach area bar, cars shot up after billiards dispute gets volatile

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Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.

A Socastee-area bar and several cars in its parking lot were hit with gunfire Tuesday night following a dispute over a game of billiards, according to an Horry County Police report.

Officers responded to Sun-Up Sports Pub & Grill, 4528 Socastee Blvd., around 11 p.m. Tuesday in response to a shots fired call and found “several” cars and the building itself were hit with gunshots.

Multiple witnesses testified that two men argued over a game of pool and one of them exited the bar and left the area but returned a short time later and “numerous” shots came from the vehicle as it left the parking lot a second time, the report states.

There were no reported injuries from the shooting, and police collected three shell casings and two bullet fragments from the scene.

Police also identified the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle, and located the vehicle — which had a gunshot hole in the rear bumper — at the suspect’s Myrtle Beach-area address and had it towed to an Horry County Police impound.

The police report states someone at the residence said the suspect was not home and was uncooperative. No arrest has been made in the case, according to the report.

Alan Blondin covers golf, Coastal Carolina athletics and numerous other sports-related topics that warrant coverage. Well-versed in all things Myrtle Beach, Horry County and the Grand Strand, the Northeastern University journalism school valedictorian has been a sports reporter at The Sun News since 1993, earning eight top-10 Associated Press Sports Editors national writing awards and 18 top-three S.C. Press Association writing awards since 2007.
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