South Carolina

Governor pledges heavier law enforcement presence in Myrtle Beach after shootings

Gov. Henry McMaster pledged Thursday the state would offer as many resources as needed as Myrtle Beach works to repair its safety and reputation after a string of shootings.

One incident that left six injured in the early hours of Sunday has been viewed on Facebook over 4 million times.

“Whatever it takes, we’re going to do it all,” McMaster told reporters after a roughly 45-minute meeting with Myrtle Beach officials and area law enforcement leaders.

The governor was short on details, however, and did not say how many officers or how much financial support might be sent to the Grand Strand.

“There’ll be a lot more boots on the ground than there were,” he told reporters.

He called the recent violence an “aberration” in an otherwise family-friendly town.

McMaster’s visit is the second time in three years a governor has intervened after high-profile shootings in Myrtle Beach.

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Chloe Johnson: 843-626-0381, @_ChloeAJ

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