A Myrtle Beach police report reveals another shooting happened Sunday afternoon, making it the third shooting in 24 hours in the city, and taking the tally of shootings up to six in three days.
After multiple people were injured in a shooting near the Wayfarer Motel around midnight, another shooting was reported later Sunday around 3:15 p.m. within in a public restroom at 12th Avenue North and Withers Drive, near the Myrtle Beach Skywheel, police said.
Authorities spoke with a 42-year-old man, who said when he was using the restroom, an unknown suspect fired a gun inside.
The man fled from the restroom and asked a bystander to call 911. Officers spoke with a woman at the scene who stated she heard a gunshot. She said as she looked toward the restroom, she saw the man run out, along with two underaged people that were carrying skateboards.
She told police they seemed “suspicious” and quickly ran from the area, according to the police report.
Another man at the scene told police he heard the gunshot, but didn’t see anything and left the area to call 911, the report states.
Police cleared the restroom after finding a shell casing and fragments on the floor. The shell is listed as a 9mm casing in the incident report.
Lt. Joey Crosby, spokesman with Myrtle Beach police, said the incident remains under investigation.
“We’re looking at the video camera surveillance systems to determine what we have and if there’s any evidence that could help us with that,” Crosby said.
Later that night, police were called for shots fired again. This time, they responded to the Dunes Village Resort at 5200 N. Ocean Blvd. at 9:05 p.m. Sunday for a report of gunshots, but police say they found no one injured and no witnesses willing to talk.
“Based on the limited information collected at the scene, officers believe this incident began as a verbal altercation and then shots were fired,” Crosby said. “It is unknown if the shots were fired at someone or in the air.”
Other shootings plagued the city over the weekend and Monday night. Saturday afternoon, a person suffered non life-threatening injuries in a shooting in the parking lot near the Cinemark at the Coastal Grand Mall at 4:30 p.m.
Ten minutes later, police were called to the Crown Reef Resort for a report of shots fired, but police said no victims were found.
Myrtle Beach acting police Chief Amy Prock says they have identified the suspects from that shooting “and warrants are currently pending.”
Another shooting was reported Monday night at the Lazy G Motel, which left an injured victim who refused to cooperate with officers, and also denied medical treatment, police said.
A special city council meeting was held Tuesday afternoon due to the wave of shootings where some city residents expressed outrage over the incidents. Police and city leaders also discussed some tactics to combat the violence erupting along Ocean Boulevard and nearby.
On Thursday, Gov. Henry McMaster will travel to Myrtle Beach, along with State Law Enforcement Division officials, to meet with local law enforcement to discuss public safety solutions.