After five shootings that injured at least nine people in three days at Myrtle Beach, some tourists say they will not be going back to the popular South Carolina beach.
Two stories about the weekend shootings shared Sunday on The State newspaper’s Facebook page were shared nearly 300 times each. Commenters’ reactions to news of the shootings were mixed.
Some people said they will not be going back to Myrtle Beach:
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Margaret Fogle Poole: People shoot in hotels. People go missing, never to be found. I stay away from MB anymore. Terrible language used at pools. Not for families anymore. Done!
Sharon Norman Courchesne: I refuse to go back! Just trashy and crime now. No way would I take my kids there.
Brian Bell: If I don’t go back to Myrtle Beach, that would be fine by me.
Austin Davis: I used to hear how nice myrtle beach was. Now it sounds like you can’t even go out at night.
Hollie Thompson Ford: Not a family friendly place. It’s gone downhill for years.
Tyler Humphries: I’ve been every year of my life. I was there just two weeks ago! I can’t believe this. Who knows when I’ll be back.
Robert Pell-deChame: I’m advising all my FB friends with families to stay as far away as possible.
Adam Wiggins: I won’t be taking my family there.
Martha Gillman: Traffic won’t be heavy now. Tourists will go somewhere else.
Others defended the tourist hot spot:
Phil Manly: Myrtle Beach is one of the best beaches in America. Every city has crime and more people find out about it when it shows up on Facebook live. There will be more videos in more places this year and people will go were they want to go like they always do.
Pamela Cronk Shuler: The South End is the higher crime area. Once you pass the Arcades and Skywheel it gets better. I still believe Myrtle Beach is a fun family vacation spot.
Patti Fersner McInnis: This is sad. Myrtle Beach is not a bad place. They have worked hard and smart to stay on top with the tourist. This can happen any where. Be smart and use common sense to stay safe.
Pat Zunino: [H]ad at great time at Myrtle Beach about a month ago ... was only in this area during the morning for a parade. Let’s not condemn the whole town.