Man tells Myrtle Beach police he jumped from moving SUV to avoid armed robbery attempt

troot@thesunnews.comJune 26, 2014 

A 43-year-old man told Myrtle Beach police he jumped from a moving vehicle after a man pointed a shotgun at him during an armed robbery attempt, according to a police report.

Officers were called about 12:30 a.m. Thursday to Fifth Avenue North and Chester Street for the incident, police said.

Witnesses told police they were walking when they saw a man fall out of an older model gray Ford Explorer that sped away toward Kings Highway, according to the report. Witnesses said they heard a gunshot and a 43-year-old man was hit by an object and started bleeding from his leg.

Officers observed a small circular cut to the second victim’s leg, but he denied treatment from EMS, according to the report. Witnesses told police the first man ran toward a nearby motel.

Officers found that man sitting in a chair in the hallway and he told them he was walking to the store when the vehicle stopped and the men inside offered him a ride, according to the report. The victim said he got into the rear of the vehicle and heard a noise and saw a man in the rear of the vehicle pointing a shotgun at him.

The victim said the men demanded his money, so he grabbed the barrel of the gun and opened the door and jumped from the vehicle, according to the report. The victim said the shotgun fired and he ran away after he got out of the vehicle.

The victim suffered road rash on his leg and cuts to his elbow and back, but he denied treatment from EMS, according to the report.

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