Ocean Boulevard motels get bad rep following multiple violent crimes

Over the past two years, murders, stabbings, and a slew of fights have taken place in Myrtle Beach. | Source: WMBF News
Over the past two years, murders, stabbings, and a slew of fights have taken place in Myrtle Beach. | Source: WMBF News

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBMF) - The Thursday morning shooting death of a man at the Wave Rider Resort is the latest in a string of violent crimes that has taken place on and around Ocean Boulevard motels.

Over the past two years, murders, stabbings, and a slew of fights have taken place. Some say it's the result of visitors, but not everyone who checks in to the hotels are tourists. As a result, area residents say they stick to themselves.

Ed Massey owns of the Coastal Apartments on 21st Avenue South. He's lived there seven years and walks the property every day to check on tenants and make sure all is well. He said he feels there is a need to do so, especially after another murder.

"I heard a shot and I looked out the window to see if anything was happening, but I didn't see anything," said Massey who added that he often hears ruckus outside his window, but is fortunate to have peaceful tenants in a time when violence seems to be invading area motels.

Most are familiar with the eight shootings on Memorial Day weekend that claimed the lives of three and injured several others at the Fountain Blue Inn and the Bermuda Sands Hotel.

There was also a man found shot to death in his car in the Days Inn parking lot on Yaupon Drive and 9th Avenue South in June of this year.

Another person was shot to death at the Cam Motel on 12th Avenue South in August of 2012.

A stabbing took place on 27th Avenue North and Kings Highway at The Lazy G Motel in May of 2012.

The list of incidents near the strip continues.

"It's not our local population; that is the problem here. It's the visitors," said Massey.

Some folks that live in the area say the motels get a bad rep for a good reason, stating Yaupon Drive is a haven for drugs and prostitution. However, others say they've only had good experiences living near the strip and that crime only comes to those who are up to no good.

Captain David Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police was unable for comment on the story. He said he had been up all night working the Wave Rider shooting.

But Myrtle Beach Police have told WMBF News in the past that it's often the sheer number of people attracted to Ocean Boulevard that often makes it a hot spot for crime.

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