MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The business license for Donny’s Saloon was permanently revoked by Myrtle Beach City Council in a unanimous vote Tuesday.
The bar’s business license was originally revoked after a fatal shooting in March following what authorities say was a pattern of illegal activity.
In the March 25 shooting, Jas’sier Wilson of Surfside Beach died from his injuries. Since then, two people were charged with his murder.
After the shooting, Myrtle Beach police say employees of the bar cleaned up shell casings and blood before officers arrived. MBPD also says no one inside the bar called 911 after the shooting. After examining the 911 call center logs, investigators say the lone call came from a neighbor.
Four people were arrested and charged with obstruction of justice. The charges have since been dropped, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
The solicitor’s office said the state is still looking into the case, and it’s unclear if there will be more charges in the future.
Daniella Digiorgi owns Donny’s Saloon and denies she had anything to do with her employees cleaning up the scene and faces no charges in this case.
“That is not in my benefit at all,” she said. “Having them clean up the scene would not benefit me in any way.”
Myrtle Beach Police investigators disagree. In a court on June 3, MBPD investigators said a former employee, who turned himself into law enforcement, told them Digiorgi instructed employees to clean up the scene.
Representatives for Donny’s Saloon addressed City Council. They argued the business should not lose its license because the obstruction of justice charges were dropped by Horry County.
Myrtle Beach City Councilman Gregg Smith spoke during the meeting against Donny’s Saloon. He does not think the bar meets city standards.
“I feel like Myrtle Beach would be better if this business were not in business,” Smith said.
Jeremy Roof works in financial services for the City of Myrtle Beach and handles business licenses. He claims there is sufficient nuisance activity to justify revoking Donny’s Saloon’s business license.
“I firmly believe it is in the best interest of the City of Myrtle Beach,” Roof said.
Both sides had until June 15 to submit documentation ahead of the final decision. Following the Council’s vote to revoke the license permanently, the decision will need to be appealed to a circuit court.
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