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Quiet Horry County neighborhood disrupted by gunfire

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Police are working to figure out exactly what happened in Hammerstone Landing over the weekend that ended in a shoot out.


"I'm never going to feel safe again in my own neighborhood in my own house with my children until this is resolved," said a man who lives in the neighborhood, but wishes to remain anonymous.


The 911 calls started coming in from Clovis Circle Saturday around 7:30 p.m.


An Horry County police officer met with someone who said three men came to the house in a silver Jeep Commander. A man came out of the vehicle with a gun in hand and said, "This isn't the time. We will be back," according to the police report. That man is described as black with dreadlocks, wearing all black with a red and black baseball hat. Another man is described as black, short hair, wearing black pants and a white tank top.


An hour later, police were called back to the area in reference to four black men in a silver Cadillac CTS who allegedly started a verbal argument with someone in the neighborhood. They left, but once again said they would return.


The people who were threatened told police they don't know why the men were in the neighborhood either time.


Police got reports of shots fired outside houses on the Clovis Circle around 3:45 p.m. Sunday.


The police report said four black men inside a silver Acura TL pulled up, two got out and started shooting. The report said someone at the house started shooting back.


"Apparently, there was a shoot out in the middle of my neighborhood," one man said.


Down the road, a neighbor heard the gun shots. Police said he shot the vehicle as it sped down the street away from the shoot out. They said that man's single shot hit the vehicle. Two bullets also hit his own house. That man said a woman was actually in bed in the room where one bullet went through the wall. He said the bullet went above her into another wall.


"You got innocent people that are sitting here trying to live and do their day to day thing and gunfire erupts, bullet holes in people's houses," a neighbor said.


Horry County Police Department's Lt. Raul Denis said the department is increasing patrols in the area. He said many of those are undercover officers, so even if people in the neighborhood don't see marked cars driving around, police are paying attention and trying to figure out exactly what happened to prevent it from happening again.


"I'd just like to see a lot of police presence investigating as to what exactly was taking place and why it took place," a man said. "That's what I want is answers and resolution."

Anyone with information is asked to call 843-915-TIPS (8477).

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