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Week Long Crime Spree Includes Shootings At Sky Wheel: 8 Shootings In Total

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Shots Fired Among Tourists At Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel 

Plyler Park,  adjacent to the Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel was ground zero for some of Myrtle Beach’s latest rounds of criminal shootings in the downtown area.   Over 8 shootings have occurred since the April 15th  weekend.

As the Myrtle Beach Sun News reported: Officers responded to 1000 N. Ocean Blvd. to a call of shots fired in the area of Plyler Park around 9:39 p.m. this past Saturday.

Upon arrival, I noticed a large group of people leaving the park and running north on the beach,” Officer J. Vetter noted in a report of the shooting.

 

The oceanfront park is a high profile downtown tourist attraction featuring the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides, Nightmare Haunted House, and the oceanfront boardwalk lined with eateries and souvenir stands.  This makes among 8 total shootings in the downtown areas of Myrtle Beach in just over the past week.

Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes responded to local news, “We’re not a small little resort town anymore,”  Mayor John Rhodes added. “We’re a major city in this time of year and major cities bring problems, like any other major city.”
 
 After the local Sun News article was posted online, however,  residents of the Pine Lakes and other communities pointed out that the cities of North Myrtle Beach, Garden City Beach, Surfside Beach, and Pawleys Island were not having these same issues.  Some common responses can be seen as below:

Pine Lakes Resident 1
Pine Lakes 2
Pine Lakes 3
 
It’s The Clientele
 
Local residents from these communities point out that the Myrtle Beach problem is a brand problem. The cities of North Myrtle Beach, Garden City Beach, Surfside Beach, and Pawleys Island have worked hard on maintaining a positive family beach image.  Myrtle Beach’s elected leaders have neglected the brand to the point where it attracts these types of visitors with these types of motives.
 
Articles throughout media over the past week only reinforced these assumptions:  

Shoplifters take over $2,500 in merchandise from Coastal Grand Mall

Clemson Jersey Offer

LANDMARK RESORT GUEST SAYS – WHILE CHARGING HIS PHONE IN HOTEL PARKING LOT – MAN ASKS FOR CHANGE AND THEN POINTED A GUN 

GUEST HITS FRONT DESK WORKER IN HEAD  WITH POTTED PLANT AT SUMMER WIND HOTEL DURING CHECK IN

FAMILY/MAN ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTING CHILDREN IN DOWNTOWN MYRTLE BEACH 

All of these media stories were posted during this same one week period.  These are just the types of clients that are now consistently engaging the Myrtle Beach brand.

City Council Remains Silent

 

 
Councilman Randal Wallace (center) campaigns in Myrtle Beach

While the Mayor’s remarks garnered feedback from some local residents,  elected city councilmen including Mike Lowder, Wayne Gray, and Randal Wallace (pictured above) have remained quiet on the issue.

Practically every area of Myrtle Beach experienced some level of crime during this period including the Market Common which reported a man who was mugged while walking on a hiking trail in that neighborhood. 

 
 

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