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This story has been updated.

Myrtle Beach police arrested eight people including two juveniles following a shooting early Thursday morning that left one person dead.

The Horry County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Jermaine Stewart, 43, of Conway.

Police responded to a shooting around 1:20 a.m. at the Waterpark Hotel at 1201 South Ocean Boulevard, said Master Cpl. Thomas Vest. 

Officers found Stewart on the second floor of the hotel, and other persons involved, Vest said. He said that victim was linked to a room in the hotel and did not survive.

Vest said in an email that officers found a large amount of drugs in a hotel room where the shooting occurred, and that another person involved from the scene is charged with possession of the drugs found in the room. 

Following up on leads, detectives went to the Motel 6 on Frontage Road East where they found evidence that led them to serve a warrant on a room there, Vest said. Officers at the motel received information directing them to an incident at the Bermuda Sands Hotel at 104 North Ocean Boulevard, Vest added.

Officers responding to Bermuda Sands found another victim with a non life-threatening gunshot wound and a large amount of drugs, Vest said. 

On Friday, the department released the names of five of those charged. The department is not releasing the names of the two juveniles, and another person's name will be released when they are formally charged, police said. 

Michael Ray Phillips, 30, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with accessory after the fact of armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, trafficking heroin and methamphetamine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a schedule IV substance and possession of marijuana.

Melissa Darlene Hudson, 28, of Forestbrook, is charged with trafficking methamphetamine and heroin, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, financial transaction card theft and simple possession of marijuana. 

Melissa Dawn Funderburk, 38, of Rock Hill, is charged with possession of crack cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana. 

Marion William Couick, 51, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana. 

Bohannon Cassanova Martin, 30, of Myrtle Beach, is charged with trafficking crack cocaine. 

Officers recovered more than 28 grams of crack cocaine, more than 32 grams of methamphetamine, more than 11 grams of heroin and several firearms.

Police are still looking for one more person involved in the incident. 

Police ask that anyone with information call Detective Duesing at 843-918-1904 or by email at jduesing@cityofmyrtlebeach.com, or Detective Shumpert at 843-918-1911 or by email at jshumpert@cityofmyrtlebeach.com



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