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HCPD: One person taken into custody in connection to Socastee area shooting following brief standoff

Published: May. 17, 2022 at 9:25 AM EDT|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 8:48 AM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Horry County police confirmed that they have taken a person into custody in connection to a shooting in the Socastee area.

Horry County police were called around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday to Lake Park Drive, which is off Highway 544.

Officers said one person was shot and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Then later, Horry County police said officers had a “brief period of negotiation” with a suspect in the area of Highway 111 in Little River.

“Bam, bam, bam,” said John Loboi, who witnessed part of the shooting near his home on Lake Park Drive. “Just like that after the first shot.”

Loboi doesn’t have to get up too early very often since he retired to Socastee a few years ago. But he woke up with a jolt when gunshots accompanied the sunrise.

It’s something he’s never experienced in the six years he’s lived along Lake Park Drive.

Loboi said before he could even call 911, police were rushing up the street with automatic rifles.

“I thought there was a live shooter somewhere, but then I saw the truck leave and they kind of walked slowly, then I knew it was gone,” said Loboi.

The scene in Socastee may have wrapped up shortly after that, but it moved 30 miles north to a field off Highway 111 in Little River, just two miles from the North Carolina border.

A neighbor there told WMBF it looked like police were ready for a fight, surrounding a home in the middle of a cornfield. Ultimately, officers made the arrest without him hearing a single shot.

Horry County police said there is no threat to the community in Socastee. Laboi said he still feels safe in his neighborhood.

“I had a feeling they weren’t shooting toward my house,” said Loboi.

They said the person was taken into custody, but that person’s name has not been released yet.

The shooting is still under investigation.

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