Police: Myrtle Beach shooting victims tried to stop argument when shot; suspect denied bond

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A man was charged in a shooting Friday morning at a Cook Out parking lot in Myrtle Beach that killed one person and injured another.

Niko Juwan Williams, 23, of Murrells Inlet, was charged with murder, attempted murder, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Bond was denied on the attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime charges. The judge can’t set bond for murder charges. Williams will have to go in front of a circuit court judge to determine if he will be granted bond.

Law enforcement said during the bond hearing the two victims were trying to stop an argument when Williams shot them in the parking lot.

The person killed was identified as  Albert “AJ” Soles, Jr., 24, of Tabor City, North Carolina, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden.

The second victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to warrants obtained by News13.

According to Cpl. Tom Vest with Myrtle Beach police, officers were called to the shooting at the Cook Out in the 1800 block of North Kings Highway just before 1 a.m.

Williams fled before officers arrived, but was later taken into custody, according to Vest.

Niko Juwan Williams, 23, of Murrells Inlet

The shooting is being investigated as a homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 843-918-1382 or by email at pdinfo@cityofmyrtlebeach.com and reference report number 20-017447.

Count on News13 for updates.

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