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After chase, police use plane, drone, and helicopter to search for suspect

Police search for suspects in connection to Conway area shooting

Police block off areas as they detain several and search for other suspects in connection to a shooting along Hemingway Chapel Road in the Conway area.
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Police block off areas as they detain several and search for other suspects in connection to a shooting along Hemingway Chapel Road in the Conway area.

Police have detained four people after a police chase and searched for another suspect Wednesday night.

A police chase started when Horry County officers attempted to stop a vehicle that matched the description of one tied to several shooting incidents in the Conway area, Horry County police Capt. John Harreslon said, and noted that the vehicle was stolen. The four people were in the vehicle that tried to flee when policed tried to stop it, he said.

The chase ended on Hucks Road and Highway 701 around 5 p.m., according to Harrelson, and one suspect ran from the car. He said police were in the area looking for the suspect described as a black male last seen wearing a white tank top.

In addition to bloodhounds and a drone, Harrelson said county councilor Al Allen helped by flying officers over the area in one of his planes. Harreslon said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division also sent a helicopter to help with the search, which ended around 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Facebook post.

Earlier Wednesday, police responded to Hemingway Chapel Road after a report of shots fired. The shooting happened in front of Noel Villa Apartments near the 1100 block. On Tuesday, police responded to a shooting in the 1500 block. In the Tuesday incident, a woman and her 7-year-old were in a car that was shot four times.

The vehicle police stopped matched the description of the one from the Wednesday shooting on Hemingway Chapel. It also is similar to a shots fired incident near Juniper Bay Road on Wednesday, Harrelson said.

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