A shootout in the area of 5th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach shortly after midnight Sunday led to several people being hospitalized, according to the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
Myrtle Beach Police said later in the day Sunday they’ve identified and apprehended a suspect in the shooting. His identity won’t be released until “he has been medically cleared and the warrants can be served,” police said.
At about 12:25 a.m. Sunday, Myrtle Beach Police officers responded to the area because of the gathering of a large crowd, according to the department’s Lt. Joey Crosby.
According to police, prior to the officers arriving on the scene, a fight began between individuals. One of the individuals pulled out a gun and shot the person he was fighting. An armed security officer witnessed the shooting and shot the shooter.
The shooter fired multiple rounds and fled the scene by carjacking a vehicle. Officers located the vehicle within a few hours and detained a person of interest.
A man, who was staying at a nearby hotel, caught the incident while streaming video on Facebook Live. According to Facebook, it’s been seen approximately 175,000 times as of 9 a.m. Sunday.
Several people were transported to the hospital for treatment with non-life-threatening injuries. Crosby said in a statement that no officer was shot or injured during the incident, though a patrol car was struck by gunfire.
This was the third reported shooting within 12 hours in Myrtle Beach. Police responded to reported shootings at Coastal Grand Mall around 4:30 p.m. where they found a gunshot victim. About 10 minutes later, police responded to a reported shooting at Crown Reef Motel on Ocean Boulevard but found no victims.
Crosby said at this point they don’t believe the shootings are related.
The incident is under investigation. Officers continue to collect and analyze evidence and urge anyone who may have information regarding this incident to call Myrtle Beach Police at 843-918-1382.