A South Carolina beach shootout that left seven people injured was broadcast over Facebook Live, according to WTBW.
The violent incident occurred on Ocean Boulevard, in Myrtle Beach, early Sunday morning. Police reported that an altercation broke out between two men, leading one to open fire on the other. An armed security guard intervened, wounding the assailant, according to Myrtle Beach Online.
After being injured, the suspect was able to fire off more rounds, before carjacking a vehicle and fleeing the scene. Officers have revealed that they recovered the stolen car and managed to arrest the suspected shooter.
Myrtle Beach Police Department Lt. Joey Crosby told reporters that bystanders and participants, including the armed security guard, were being treated for injuries sustained in the gun fight, none of them life threatening.
“The security officer did receive a graze wound to the leg,” he said. “The injury did not require him to be transported to the hospital and he received medical attention on scene.”
Lt. Crosby also noted that a police patrol car was hit by gunfire. No officers were injured in the shooting, however.
Posted by Bubba Hinson on Saturday, June 17, 2017
A volunteer firefighter, Bubba Hinson, streamed the ordeal to Facebook Live from his hotel room. Since then, the 44-minute video has been viewed more than 1.6 million times.
“I thought they were dancing. That’s why I started filming it,” Hinson told reporters, according to The News & Observer. “Then, they started fighting. Then, they started shooting.”
“I always wanted a viral video, but I never wanted it to be like this.”
The suspect’s identity is being withheld, for now, until arrest warrants can be served, WMBF has reported.
According to Myrtle Beach Online, this was the third shooting to impact the community in just 12 hours. However, Lt. Crosby has said that he doesn’t believe the incidents are connected.
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