Myrtle Beach police search for suspects who shot at security guard at The Ripken Experience

troot@thesunnews.comApril 10, 2014 

Myrtle Beach police searched the area around The Ripken Experience early Thursday after a security guard said he interrupted two men stealing items and one of the men shot at him, Capt. David Knipes said.

Officers were called about 4:30 a.m. Thursday to the baseball complex, which is off of Mr. Joe White Avenue at U.S. 17 Bypass, to search for the suspects along Jason Boulevard, Knipes said.

In a police report, the security guard said he was checking the property when he saw the two men and approached them. The guard said one man ran into a nearby wooded area and the other man ran toward Jason Boulevard.

The guard got into his vehicle, called authorities and began driving around searching for the suspects, according to the report. The guard said he saw a man driving one of the complex’s golf carts toward the exit, so he tried to block the road with his vehicle and got out.

That was when the burglar pointed a handgun toward the guard and fired a shot, according to the report.

The guard said the shot struck the car and he fired back at the man, who kept going in the golf cart and was last seen turning onto Mr. Joe White Avenue.

The guard wasn’t hurt.

Police used a K-9 unit to search the area, but were unable to find the men.

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