Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

South Carolina governor visiting Myrtle Beach after shooting

South Carolina governor visiting Myrtle Beach after shooting

Gov. McMaster met with local and state law enforcement in Myrtle Beach Thursday.

The incident was streamed on Facebook Live and the video has since been viewed over 4 million times.

McMaster, State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel, and local political leaders planned to meet in Myrtle Beach on Thursday to discuss how the state can help.

The governor was short on details, however, and did not say how many officers or how much financial support might be sent to the Grand Strand.

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"There'll be a lot more boots on the ground than there were", he told reporters. The governor on Wednesday called the shootings an "aberration".

The City of Myrtle Beach initiated its first plan of action Thursday morning following five shootings in three days.

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The third shooting occurred Sunday morning just after midnight, at 12:25 a.m. on 5th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, injuring seven people.

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In a press conference that followed, McMaster said "all" the state's resources will be available to Myrtle Beach.

"We think this was not a gang event, but you always have people, anywhere you find young people, you're liable to find some that may be associated with a gang somewhere, one time or another", he said. The ordinance will be discussed Tuesday, in a regularly scheduled council meeting. The reported victim is not cooperating with the investigation and has refused medical treatment, according to Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach Police. Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect involved, as that person is still in the hospital.

All of those agencies have been helping Myrtle Beach patrol its main tourist areas this summer.

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