Skip to comments.Weekend of violence has Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce president on damage control
Posted on 05/27/2014 12:03:23 PM PDT by Gamecock
Several shootings on Memorial Day weekend have Grand Strand officials on damage control working to spread the word to visitors and residents that the area is safe.
Three people were killed and seven injured in five confirmed shootings over the weekend, but Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes said there were several more reports of shootings or sounds of gunshots that were unconfirmed.
The violence struck a nerve with Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Dean.
Unfortunately, none of us are surprised, as the Memorial Day motorcycle rally continues to create unanswered challenges for the community and visitors, he said. Safety is a necessity for a tourism destination to thrive and no amount of publicity and promotion will counter the bad publicity generated this weekend.
The senseless acts of criminals and unruly visitors have once again marred what should have been a stellar weekend celebrating our armed forces and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of America. He said the Chamber is working with promotional partners to do what little we can to counter the negative publicity and assure those visitors planning a trip to the Myrtle Beach area that our community values their safety.
State Rep. Tracy Edge also issued a statement following the shootings saying the cities and law enforcement need to take back the streets and make the Grand Strand safer for residents, business owners and visitors.
Edge said additional law enforcement assistance should be used next year.
While there were times when things appeared that police were fighting an uphill battle we never have seen the type of lawlessness and violence seen this weekend, he said. Therefore I pledge to area municipalities and area law enforcement agencies and I promise to the people in Horry County and along the Grand Strand that we will bring back hundreds of state officers next year, provided that we are asked by local authorities to do so.
Not all believe the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day BikeFest crowds are to blame, and no connection has been made between any of the shootings and the rally. Atlantic Beach Town Manager William Booker said the shootings are tragic, but doesnt think they were related to the towns annual event.
We had nothing of that magnitude, he said. We had no problems in Atlantic Beach. We had no arrests and we had very few citations ... From our perspective what happened in Myrtle Beach was totally unrelated.
No arrests had been made as of Monday evening. Last year, Myrtle Beach had two homicides. To see three in one night was concerning, Knipes said.
Its a very high and alarming number, he said.
Jamie Williams, 28, of Ladson, and Devonte Dantzler, 21, and Sandy Gaddis Barnwell, 22, both of Summerville, were pronounced dead by Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler on Saturday. Fowler said all three died from trauma to vital organs due to gunshot wounds sustained during a shooting at Bermuda Sands Resort on 1st Avenue North.
Officers responded at about 11 p.m. Saturday to a reported large fight outside the Bermuda Sands. Three shots were fired before police arrived, striking Keith Williams. As police were providing medical attention to Keith Williams, those involved in the fight moved to the second floor of Bermuda Sands, according to the release.
After about five minutes, officers said the shooter then went to the second floor of the hotel and fired several shots at Jamie Williams, Dantzler and Barnwell, who police say were involved in the fight.
Police believe the shooter fled the rear of the hotel.
Jamie Williams and Dantzler died immediately, and Barnwell and Keith Williams were taken to Grand Strand with gunshot wounds. Barnwell was pronounced dead at the hospital.
On Saturday, another person was injured in a shooting at 6th Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard, two were injured in a shooting at 8th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard and one was shot in the leg at the Fountain Bleu Motel at 7th Avenue North and Flagg Street.
On Sunday, two were injured in a shooting at the Wave Rider Resort at 1600 South Ocean Boulevard.
Knipes said every available officer was working this weekend. He said changes to enforcement in years ahead have not yet been discussed.
Its too early to tell, he said Monday. Its not over. We havent looked at stats or sat down and discussed things. Its not just a police issue, but a community issue that will have to be discussed over time.
Most of the crowd is not on bikes, Knipes said. They could be here because of the BikeFest, but its hard to tell.
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/05/26/3469158/weekend-of-violence-has-myrtle.html?sp=%2F99%2F205%2F&ihp=1#storylink=cpy
The little festival is better known, and advertised as Black Bike Week.
The mayor’s ass should be in a sling for this.
“Edge said additional law enforcement assistance should be used next year.”
So they’re gonna host Black Bike Week again? They’re fools!
Speaking as someone who lives here in Myrtle Beach things where pretty wild.
Black Bike week is backed by the NAACP.
I'd think it would hurt Myrtle Beach all season, when families find somewhere more pleasant to spend a day or a vacation.
I wandered through Myrtle Beach for the first time in 30 years one afternoon last summer. I will never go back.
Like others have said, go to Hilton Head, not MB
But it is racist to point out that trouble usually follows large gatherings of blacks.
Didn’t there use to be a Harley Bike Week a week before the Black Bike Week? I read a few years ago Myrtle Beach passed some draconian laws aimed at the Harley riders and they quit coming.
Is there a South Carolina Ping List?
In order to ban the black bike week, MB banned both that & the Harley event.
FWIW, black bikers mostly ride crotch rockets.
Anyway, as noted, go to Hilton Head Island for a better locale & a much safer stay. Go in the off season when prices, weather, crowds, & traffic are much milder.
Links to the two most telling videos on YouTube:
Myrtle Beach deaths: Fighting, gunshots heard on Youtube video
A couple years ago, I pulled a photo gig for the MB marathon. The night before, I drove the main drag and saw all the boarded up hotels.
I also dropped my speed light on some concrete. A small plastic piece broke off but the flash works solid. It is about 10 years old.
I have no real desire to go to MB. It was fun up until the late 80s or so for me.
Yup. Managed by upchuck
The Harley Riders sued the city and won.
advertised as Black Bike Week.
Wheels of Soul?
This year the NAACP, under “Operation Bike Week Justice” is suing businesses in Myrtle Beach for being closed during Memorial Day weekend.
They involve the Justice Department and the Justice Department forces arbitration, which results in monetary settlements without the more formal court proceedings.
Meanwhile the violence gets worse. This year there were 3 murders in one incident of mayhem, exceeding the annual murder rate for Myrtle Beach.
“The NAACP vows litigation vengeance if the Myrtle Beach Mayor tries to stop the violence or cancel future events.”
If it said “Black Biker Week” then yes, but black bikes are generally assumed to be Harley’s?
We were in Garden City a few years ago during Black Bike Week. Only noticed a couple of Black Bikers who drove that far south: as far as you can go on the Oceanside road.
That said, it seems like any event organized as “blacks doing something” goes bad. Black people go to all kinds of events with no problems, but if there’s an event that’s “specially black” (or “urban” or “hip-hop”), then violence ensues.
I wonder if that’s true of other ethnicities. I know there are problems with some Latino events, like “Puerto Rican Parade” in New York, but is that an exception or a rule?
Just don't stomp their flag.
There’s a family in my subdivision that flies a Puerto Rico flag. Since I have a Texas flag, I can’t object ;-).
Hmm, not in the story. PC rides again.
NOW it’s clear why there are no pictures of perpetrators or victims in the posted article.
From the site:
Went to MB for the first time since I was a kid in summer of 2012. An unappealing combo of a touch of Spring Break, a sprinkle Urban (Black Bike week types), and a pinch of White Trash. I now see the billboards on I-95 claiming MB was somehow selected as best beach and I laugh.
When I lived in Sacramento there was speciality ethnic/race days at the California State Fair. Every time Black day rolled around there would be news stories about shootings, stabbings, and mayhem. The people who run the Fair finally wised up and got rid of those days.
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Like I said, black people can come to a church picnic or a Scout campout or a neighborhood carnival or a Memorial Day parade, and they act like everyone else. However, a “Black event” seems to bring out the people who want to act like hoodlums, while decent people stay home.
We go to Garden City, south of Myrtle Beach, every few years, because my mother-in-law lives there. It’s quiet there, but if you go too far south, the beach is eroding badly. We were there last year in early June, which was rainy.
This year we’re going to Surf City, on Topsail Island in North Carolina.
Thanks I wish the city had some backbone and stand up to the NAACP.
Better yet, cancel the whole thing. I'm sure businesses thought this might have been a good idea, once, but it's clear it hasn't worked out that way. Unfortunately this has probably become an "entitlement" to too many, and some judge will think so too. So they're probably stuck with it.
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They can't. They can't stop people of a particular race from coming to a particular place on particular dates.
They can enforce nuisance-abatement laws - public drunkenness, nudity, noise, no-turn-signal, and so on. Occupancy guidelines for lodging could be enforced. Businesses should be allowed to close at will.
Apart from that, one runs afoul of free speech and free association rights. I think a motel should be allowed to say, "I won't rent to a black person during this time period," but that's not within the current understanding of civil rights.
Well, you're right, and in principle I agree. However, didn't some of the businesses get sued for closing ("discrimination)? IIRC some were even "forced" to put up signs in the windows welcoming the bikers! Or maybe I'm confusing this with another event.
No, I think you’re right ... but that shouldn’t happen. Even if a business can’t say, “I’ll rent to a Canadian but not a black this week,” they should be allowed to just shut down, losing all possible revenue.
Have you been to the Market Commons?
We went there last year. It got rainy and the kids couldn’t go on the playground, but Anoreth and I looked in some stores. Expensive!
Interesting. I may have work coming up in Jacksonville, NC and if it is a go I will stay on Topsail Isle. Just got this moments ago.
Topsail is nice. We went there three years ago and the year before that, staying at the same oceanfront house in Surf City. Then we went to Lake Norman (near Charlotte, we’d had a baby), and then to Garden City, SC. Now we’re going back to the house in Surf City.
You have to go to the mainland for a real grocery store, but it’s not the end of the world, like the Outer Banks.
I worked OBX last September. Stayed at the Garden Inn on the company’s dime. Not bad at all.
I suspect you’re not trying to cook for 12 people with a Walmart nowhere in sight!
My husband and #1 son have been to the Outer Banks Marathon a couple of times.
There actually are towns out there you know, lol. I love Hatteras Island, prefer the north end. Waves, Salvo, or Rodanthe. But you’ve got to drive 20 miles to avoid paying island prices for groceries, down to Avon. Avon is large enough to have a selection of restaurants and bars, some tourist stuff for entertainment. The ferry landing on the south end of Hatteras is somewhat developed, and you get back into spanish moss and palm trees there, since the Gulf Stream is so close.
North of Hatteras Island are Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. Every fast food place, eight land highways and all. Jungle golf and tourist kitkat galore. The Wright Brothers Memorial on a huge dune field right in the middle of it all.
I like end of the world places, so it’s Hatteras for me.
Not even. The Outer Banks is Waaayy out there. It’s a neat place and the company pays my room & board. Cool beans with the Marathon.