Myrtle Beach bar closed because of gang violence

South Island Grill in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WBTW)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – The South Island Grill on Fred Nash Boulevard was closed on Friday because, according to Horry County Police, the establishment had too many incidents of gang violence.

However, according to police documents, the bar was open when police went by at 4:23 a.m. on Saturday.

An order for temporary injunction from the Horry County Solicitor’s office states that the owners, and those who they lease the building to, should refrain from leasing the property to, using, maintaining, and assisting in the using or maintaining of the South Island Grill.

“Things have gotten so bad that the property owners and business owners and a lot of people are coming together and saying you’re right close this business down,” said 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson.

The court granted the temporary injunction and sent an email to notify the lawyers involved on Friday afternoon around 3:30 p.m.

However, two of the lawyers I spoke with said they did not see the email until they got into the office on Monday morning.

Because of this, the bar was open until Monday night when crime scene tape was put up around the establishment.

Richardson says this was a misunderstanding but it should be cleared up now.

The order for temporary injunction outlines several incidents involving gang violence from this year and from 2015 when the establishment was called Fat Boiz. A few of them are outlined below:

  • On April 25, 2015, a subject left Fat Boiz and fired his handgun toward the nightclub. When he ran out of ammo, he got an assault rifle and continued firing. He shot three vehicles and then left in a car with a couple of other people.
  • On June 4, 2015, there was a large fight at Fat Boiz that spilled out into the parking lot. Multiple gunshots resulting in two victims shot in the abdomen and taken to the hospital.
  • On January 21, 2016 at 4:00am, there was a fight inside South Island Grill. Two subjects left the nightclub, went to a Yukon, got guns, and started shooting. One of the subjects shot at responding police officers.
  • On February 6, 2016 at 3:24am, a subject shot toward some people at South Island Grill and hit a car four times. Officers smelled marijuana in the parking lot.
  • On April 23, 2016, an individual was shot three times in the legs at South Island Grill and taken to the hospital.

Patricia Ferguson represents one of the owners of the property and she says her client is tired of this.

“Her hands are washed of the subject. Even though she signed the lease, she said that the contract was now broken and the bar was closed and she hopes not to hear any more about it,” said Ferguson.

Ferguson also mentioned that any one of the multiple owners of South Island Grill has the right to petition to re-open the establishment, but she does not believe that will happen.

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