MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Police are looking for two suspects wanted in connection with two robbery and shooting incidents in Myrtle Beach Monday night. One victim was shot and injured, and another victim was shot at but not injured, according to police.
The first victim was shot at while trying to escape two suspects who approached him in the area of 6th Ave. N. and Flagg St. Monday night at about 11:15 p.m., according to a press release from Myrtle Beach Police Department. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot at the victim after demanding items, the release states. The victim was not injured in the incident.
In another incident at 33rd Avenue North and Oak Street, officers found a victim in the roadway, according to the news release. the victim was approached by two suspects, in what officers believe was an attempt to rob the victim. During the incident, the victim was shot, and was then taken to the hospital for treatment.
Neighbors in the area of the second shooting heard the shots. One man tells WMBF News he immediately got on the ground in his living room, thinking the shots were coming through his window next.
Other neighbors struggled to calm down their dogs after the shots were fired.
Samantha Arnold lives just houses down from where police say the shots rang out.
"I heard it and at first I thought it was fireworks or something, but it wasn't because my dogs started barking and we take them hunting all of the time and they know the difference," Arnold said. "My stepdad was sleeping on the couch and my mom woke him up and was like, 'Those were gun shots.'"
According to Arnold, it was the nature of the shots her family found so alarming.
"Four or five, back to back," she said. "There really wasn't any hesitation in between them."
Though they soon heard sirens and knew police were on the way, Arnold knew the shots had to have come from nearby.
"It was quick; it sounded pretty close actually," she said. "That was the scary part."
Another neighbor said he saw the victim lying on the ground and knew the person had to have been shot.
Arnold and some of her neighbors didn't realize their neighborhood wasn't the suspects' first stop.
"That's … that's kind of hard to hear," she said.
The evidence suggests the suspects were the same in both incidents, the release states. They are described by police as black males. The first suspect was last seen wearing a navy blue jacket over a white shirt, blue jeans, and dark shoes. The second suspect was last seen wearing all dark clothing, except for white shoes. In both incidents, it is believed the suspects were traveling in a silver Hyundai Elantra.
Anyone with information is asked to call MBPD at 843-918-1382.