BALTIMORE COUNTY (WJZ) — A college student from Baltimore County died following a shooting at a South Carolina bar early Sunday morning.
Garrett Bakhsh, 18, was among the four injured and three killed at the shooting at a nightclub in Hartsville. Bakhsh died on Tuesday at around 8 p.m.
The shooting happened at around 2 a.m. at Mac’s Lounge, Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee told local news outlets. The two other victims killed were identified as Dicaprio Collins, 21, and Bryan Robinson, 29, according to the coroner’s office. The music venue is about a half-mile from Coker College, where Bakhsh went to school.
“It was run, run, get away because we didn’t know who they were shooting for,” said Sam Dupree, who was at the bar.
Officials said Wednesday that Bakhsh died from wounds he got in the shooting.
Bakhsh’s former lacrosse coaches at Hereford High School said students were shocked to hear about his murder.
“They can’t believe it came home. This doesn’t seem real especially, it’s not like it’s an older alumni, five, 10, 15 years ago. Garrett was just here.” said Hereford High School Coach John Raduazzo.
“It’s just disbelief, it’s shock and you just wonder how something so horrible can happen to such a young, vibrant young man.” said the high school’s assistant varsity lacrosse coach Steve Turnbaugh.
Police have charged Darius Grant Dickey with four counts of attempted murder and other related charges.
A second suspect Davijon Khalil McCall was charged Thursday.
A judge denied bond for Dickey, who did not have a lawyer at his hearing Monday afternoon.
Bakhsh, a freshman, played lacrosse at Coker University and was majoring in criminal justice, according to the university’s website.
He graduated from Hereford High School in 2019, where he also played lacrosse. He was a state finalist during the 2017-18 school year.
Bakhsh’s JV lacrosse coach remembered him as an incredible teammate who was very well-liked among his classmates.
“I’m just going to remember that sense of humor and that smile. He always had one. He really did, he was a wonderful presence.” Raduazzo said.
In a statement, Coker University said: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our student, Garrett Bakhsh. Garrett was a freshman, a member of our men’s lacrosse team, and a friend to many in our Coker community. The entire campus community joins together in expressing our sympathy to Garrett’s family and our hearts go out to all impacted by this sad news.”
According to a GoFundMe created by friends of Baltimore County Police, Bakhsh was the son of two police officers and was hoping to enter into a career of law enforcement.
“This fund is being established to help Garrett’s family with immediate expenses as they navigate the difficult journey of bringing Garrett home to rest. Any remaining funds will be used to create a long term memorial tribute in Garrett’s name,” the GoFundMe page said.
The family released a statement about their son’s death that said, in part:
“Garrett’s family and friends, both in Baltimore County and in South Carolina, are devastated. Garrett was the type of person that was literally loved by everyone he met.”