MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Myrtle Beach Police continue to investigate what led to an overnight shooting that sent one woman to an area hospital.
Investigators say the shooting happened just before midnight Friday in the 1400-block of South Kings Highway near China Chef and Food Lion. When officers arrived on scene, they found a woman with gunshot wounds.
The victim, who works at China Chef, managed to tell police that the suspect stole her rental car after shots were fired.
Nearby business owners were shocked at news of the shooting, and devastated to hear an employee of the popular takeout restaurant had been injured.
"The people there are just real nice people," said Chris Giffin, who owns Giff's Liquors next door to the restaurant. "I can't imagine this happening, in this area it doesn't happen very often."
Workers at other nearby businesses are on edge. This shooting is the second violent crime in the area in a week. Last Saturday, a shooting outside the nearby Tequila Empire nightclub left one young woman in critical condition. People say the violence hits too close for comfort.
"To find out someone you see on a daily basis has been shot, it touches home a little bit," said Lora Sellers, manager at a nearby IHOP. "These random acts of violence are killing us around here."
An incident report obtained by WMBF News, states that the vehicle, a silver in color 2012 Chevrolet Impala, was recovered by police between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Pridgen Road in Myrtle Beach.
The report did not state if the car was abandoned, but it's discovery did not provide any information about a possible suspect or motive for the shooting and subsequent vehicle theft.
Emergency workers transported the victim to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for medical treatment. The severity of her injuries remains unknown.
Myrtle Beach Police continue to investigate this incident. Any information about this incident should be reported to Myrtle Beach Police as soon as possible.