Two Myrtle Beach area shootings that prompted hospital lockdown remain under investigation

troot@thesunnews.comDecember 4, 2012 

— Two separate shootings that happened within a mile of each other Saturday in Horry County, and spurred Grand Strand Regional Medical Center officials to lock down the hospital’s emergency room lobby, remain under investigation, Horry County police Sgt. Robert Kegler said.

Horry County police have not filed any charges in connection with the shootings, Kegler said.

Myrtle Beach police, however, have charged a 23-year-old man in connection with the hospital lockdown after he refused to calm down, according to a Myrtle Beach police report.

Swava Lamere McCrea, 23, of Myrtle Beach was charged with possession of cocaine after an officer, who was at the emergency room, reported that a woman said McCrea had a weapon, according to the report. The officer followed McCrea outside and saw him punching a hospital sign while yelling about his friend being shot.

The officer detained McCrea after he confronted another man about the shooting of his friend, according to the incident report, which did not identify the man. When officers at the Myrtle Beach Jail searched McCrea they found a bottle that contained cocaine.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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