Police arrest carjacking suspect, give safety tips

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The Myrtle Beach Police Department has arrested a man who they said shot a woman during a carjacking in March.

Police made arrested James Lewis on Thursday.

They said the carjacking happened in a parking lot in the fourteen hundred block of South Kings Highway.

Captain David Knipes with the police department explained that as a couple was walking out of a business, Lewis approached them asking for money.

Knipes said he then shot the woman and took off in the car.

Chris Giffin owns Giff's Liquor, which is a few feet from where the crime happened.

He knows the couple because they work at the Chinese restaurant beside his business.

He said, "I felt terrible. She's a nice young lady and good folks and it was just a shock because I couldn't imagine someone doing that to her."

Knipes said crime can happen anywhere and as the weather gets warmer more crime happens.

He said, "More people going to the boardwalk, more people going to the beach and of course a large number of events in the city between the street riders and the St. Patrick's Day events like that."

Knipes said trust your gut to stay safe.

"Common sense will get you far in this world don't go in the dark areas, have people with you just be aware of your surroundings and what's around you," commented Knipes.

He also said tourists need to be extra cautious.

Lewis is now charged with attempted murder along with other charges.

The woman who was shot is doing okay.

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