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Police say they’ve captured a suspect in Sunday morning Ocean Boulevard shooting

Ocean Boulevard shooting captured on video

WARNING: This video contains graphic content. A tourist caught the entire shooting on Ocean Boulevard during a Facebook live video. An officer was not shot during the incident, Myrtle Beach police say.
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WARNING: This video contains graphic content. A tourist caught the entire shooting on Ocean Boulevard during a Facebook live video. An officer was not shot during the incident, Myrtle Beach police say.

Myrtle Beach police say they’ve identified and apprehended a suspect in the Sunday morning shooting on Ocean Boulevard that injured multiple people.

His identity won’t be released until “he has been medically cleared and the warrants can be served,” police said.

A shootout in the area of Fifth Ave. North and Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach shortly after midnight Sunday led to several people being hospitalized, according to Lt. Joey Crosby of Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Multiple people continue to fall to the ground shortly after the shooting on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach that sent several people to the hospital.

At approximately 12:25 a.m. Sunday, Myrtle Beach Police officers responded to the area because of the gathering of a large crowd.

According to police, prior to the officers arriving on the scene, a fight began between individuals. One of the individuals involved in the fight presented a gun and shot the person he was fighting. An armed security officer witnessed the shooting and shot the shooter.

The shooter fired multiple rounds and fled the scene by carjacking a vehicle. Officers located the vehicle within a few hours and detained a person of interest.

Although it appeared as if an officer had been shot during a Facebook Live video that captured the shooting, police say that wasn’t the case.

“No officers were shot or injured as a result of this incident,” Crosby said. “The security officer did receive a graze wound to the leg. The injury did not require him to be transported to the hospital and he received medical attention on scene.”

Law enforcement and EMS officials load a victim into an ambulance shortly after the Ocean Boulevard shooting on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

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