MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) After three hours, police in Myrtle Beach have suspended their search for a suspect in the area of Myrtle Beach High School.
Captain David Knipes, spokesperson for Myrtle Beach Police, tells WMBF News that officers were in the area of 33rd Avenue North and North Kings Highway searching for a suspect that was pacing in front of the Kangaroo convenience store with a gun.
When police arrived, Knipes said the suspect dropped the gun and fled on foot running south from that location.
The suspect is described as a black male wearing black pants, and a white shirt.
Knipes said a rifle that was wrapped in a quilt was recovered.
As of 1 p.m., Myrtle Beach High School, Myrtle Beach Primary School, Myrtle Beach Elementary School, and Myrtle Beach Intermediate School were placed on lock down, said Teal Britton, spokesperson for Horry County Schools.
Britton said this is a modified lock down, and parents should be able to pick up their children if they wish to do so. This lock down is just a precaution, she said.
The earliest school to dismiss let out at 2:20 p.m. Britton said they will decide on how to proceed with dismissal as the time comes, taking cue from the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
The principal of Palmetto Academy of Learning and Success confirmed they have already dismissed students for the day, but are also under a modified lock down for any students that remain for after-school activities.