A drug deal led to shots being fired Tuesday behind a vacant building on Oak Forest Lane in Myrtle Beach, according to Myrtle Beach police.
Officers were called about noon Tuesday to the parking lot of 780 Oak Forest Lane in response to a call about shots fired, police said.
A heavy police presence surrounded the area, and officers fanned out in search of a victim, information and evidence. Police met with a bystander who said several people were seen in a vehicle leaving the area.
A man, possibly wounded in the leg, was seen fleeing the area in a vehicle, and the fleeing vehicle was found a short time later at a Myrtle Beach home, police said.
“The investigation revealed that the incident was over a drug transaction,” police said in a Facebook post on the MBPD’s page.
A bystander who said he witnessed the incident told authorities he noticed a black sports utility vehicle and a white two-door vehicle that seemed suspicious to him, according to a police report. He said he saw the black SUV start rocking, and a man exit the vehicle. He then heard a loud popping noise that sounded like gunshots, the report states.
The witness said he then saw another man, possibly the victim, exit the passenger side of the SUV holding his left leg, police said. The witness told police the possible victim then got into an early 90’s Toyota Celica convertible and left the scene.
The witness then left and pulled into a nearby church to call 911 about the incident, and said he saw the Toyota drive by. He said he tried to follow the vehicle down Robert Grissom Parkway but lost it in traffic, according to the report.
Police said shell casings were found at the scene.