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Myrtle Beach police respond to criticism after scare at Broadway at the Beach

MBPD says the response time for Wednesday's incident was three minutes. (Source: WMBF News) MBPD says the response time for Wednesday's incident was three minutes. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Police Department is responding to criticism from people who were at Broadway at the Beach during Wednesday night’s scare.

After initial rumors of an active shooter, police later determined there was no shooter. While people were fighting, someone yelled there was a gun, which later turned out not to be true.

However, word spread quickly, so many at the scene believed there was a shooter.

Some people are criticizing the MBPD’s response to the event, saying officers didn’t get on the scene quick enough.

“Police response was just a slow trickle in here and there,” witness John Carney said.

MBPD Capt. Joey Crosby said the response time was three minutes from the initial call to the time the first officer arrived on scene.

Other people took to social media to voice concerns about a possible conspiracy. Some believe there was a shooter, and police were just covering it up.

“This is not a cover-up,” Crosby said. “This was an extensive investigation that right now shows there is no shooting incident, and there is no person that was injured as a result of a shooting.”

Crosby added that anyone with information on the incident should contact MBPD so they can investigate.

The company that provides security for Broadway at the Beach, Prudential Security, didn’t respond to a request for a statement.

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