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Coroner identifies Flintlake shooting victims

Neighbors watch from porches at the scene of a shooting at Flintlake Apartments. Two people died after a shooting incident at the Flintlake Apartments near Myrtle Beach on Wednesday evening. May 2, 2018.
Neighbors watch from porches at the scene of a shooting at Flintlake Apartments. Two people died after a shooting incident at the Flintlake Apartments near Myrtle Beach on Wednesday evening. May 2, 2018. jlee@thesunnews.com

A husband and wife died in a shooting at the Flintlake Apartments outside of Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, according to the Horry County Coroner's Office.

On Thursday, the office identified Samantha Cox, 27, and Brian Cox, 31, as the two people killed in the incident. They were both from Indiana and lived in the complex.

Horry County police and EMS are on scene at an shooting incident at Flintlake Court, according to Horry County Fire Rescue spokesperson Mark Nugent. Nugent said at least one person suffered from a gunshot wound.

Horry County Police responded to Flintlake Court for the reported shooting at about 5: 30 p.m. Samantha Cox was pronounced dead at the scene and Brian Cox died after being taken to Grand Strand Medical Center.

According to a police report, officers arrived, went to the door of the apartment and yelled they were officers. The door was opened and they pushed it in.

When officers went upstairs they saw the two victims, according to the report. A witnesses in the same room was taken from the residence by police.

Police described the shooting as a domestic incident. Several neighbors said they didn't hear any gunshots and were only alerted there was an incident when they saw police arrive.

Horry County Police spokeswoman Krystal Dotson said she did not have information on who fired shots during the shooting.

The shooting wasn't the first major police incident at the Flintlake Apartments. In September 2017, a suspect was found dead after a standoff with police. In July 2015, an Horry County police officer shot a suspect who was grappling with a woman over a handgun.

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