As we reported yesterday, MCpl. Tom Vest with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said police responded to a shooting at around 1:20 a.m. at the Waterpark Hotel along South Ocean Boulevard.
43-year-old Jermaine Stewart, of Conway, S.C., was murdered at the hotel located on 1201 South Ocean Boulevard.
Several people are now in custody.
The hotel room contained large amounts of drugs, and another person involved is charged with possession of the drugs found in the room at that hotel.
After following leads from that investigation, MBPD detectives identified another scene at the Motel 6 on Frontage Road East in the City of Myrtle Beach, where additional evidence was found.
More information was gathered by officers from the Motel 6 investigation. That information led officers to the Bermuda Sands Motel on 104 N Ocean Blvd in the City Myrtle Beach.
One person was found at that scene with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
Multiple people involved were also identified at the scene as police found another large quantity of drugs.
MBPD said eight people, including one juvenile, were taken into custody in connection to the case. One person is also still wanted, according to Vest.
NOT TOURISTS – DRUG DEALING “BUSINESSMEN”
Guests staying at these hotels were not tourists.
On any given weekend in Myrtle Beach, groups travel to the city to sell drugs.
The type of low end tourists Myrtle Beach attracts is an ideal clientele for their business model.
Some of these “businessmen” can make more in a weekend than the average American makes in 6 months.
The ongoing shootings in downtown Myrtle Beach are a result of one drug dealer selling drugs on another group’s turf.