Early Sunday, a gunman opened fire during a fight in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, injuring several people in the crowd that had gathered to watch. The incident was streamed on Facebook Live.
According to Myrtle Beach Police, officers were dispatched to the area shortly after midnight where a fight had broken out in the midst of a large crowd that had gathered. One of the individuals involved in the altercation drew a gun and fired. An armed security guard intervened and shot the gunman, who carjacked a vehicle and escaped as he sprayed gunfire.
Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby reported that police cruisers and ambulances immediately responded to the scene. Officers also located the stolen vehicle and arrested the suspect. No officers were injured in the incident, although a patrol car was damaged by gunshots.
Several people sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Video of the incident remained on Facebook as of Sunday afternoon.
“Social media today puts this word out quickly,” Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes said on Sunday.
The shooting marked the third in Myrtle Beach within eight hours.
“It does not look good for the city of Myrtle Beach. We’re gonna send a message to do everything that’s humanly possible to stop this violence in our city,” Rhodes said. “I’m sorry for our city that this happened.”
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