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Rumors swirl on social media following shooting scare at Broadway at the Beach

Panic at Broadway at Beach during Fourth fireworks

Spectators panic and run from a rumored shooter at Broadway at the Beach during the Fourth of July fireworks show in Myrtle Beach. Police say the rumors were false and there was no active shooter. Video courtesy of Joe Czapla & Geoff Makis
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Spectators panic and run from a rumored shooter at Broadway at the Beach during the Fourth of July fireworks show in Myrtle Beach. Police say the rumors were false and there was no active shooter. Video courtesy of Joe Czapla & Geoff Makis

Myrtle Beach police were quick to shut down rumors about an active shooter incident during a fireworks show at Broadway at the Beach on Wednesday night.

Police were working a "large fight," and made no arrests, said Capt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police. The Horry County 911 center received 1,224 calls between 10 p.m. and midnight related to the incident.

But people took to Twitter thinking otherwise.

During the fight, someone referenced a gun, which caused people to run. Videos on social media show people running in a panic, some yelling, "Run!"

Police said there was no evidence that shots were fired.

One person tweeted, "Went to the firework show at Broadway at the Beach tonight, didn't know I would be running from a shooting 10 minutes in. Praying for everyone who got injured tonight."

A Broadway at the Beach employee tweeted, saying she had to hide in the attic and was scared for her life.

Taylor Burkett, who was at the firework show with her boyfriend and their 3-year-old, said she called 911 eight times and didn't get an answer or a call back. Burkett and her boyfriend ran through Broadway with their 3-year-old until they got to their car and drove away.

"It was so crazy," she said. "We're watching the fireworks and hundred of people started running at us, yelling 'gun.' People were ducking in between cars, screaming frantically. The ditches by the main road, people were jumping into the ditches, crawling through the water."

Burkett said she heard people yelling for their children who they'd lost. She said she did not see police as they ran toward their car.

"That didn't make sense for there to be thousands of people to be there," she said.

"This morning, I'm still shook up trying to figure out what's going on," she said. "It was the scariest thing I've ever seen in my whole life. We're so sore because we ran so much."

Jeff Boswell and his family were finishing dinner at Paula Deen's restaurant when they saw people scrambling outside. Boswell said at first he thought fireworks had set something on fire or one had shot into the crowd. About that time, a server came to the table and said there were reports of a shooting and they had locked the doors to the restaurant.

Minutes later, he and his family were escorted into the restaurant's cooler, but his father-in-law got separated from the family.

"I have two girls who are scared to even get on the elevator by themselves right now," he said.

On June 27, a 27-year-old man was shot at the intersection of Highway 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue North near Broadway at the Beach.

Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong

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