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      Chamber president responds to weekend shootings in Myrtle Beach

      Three separate shootings in Myrtle Beach over the Memorial Day weekend left 3 people dead and four injured.

      The shootings happened during a busy weekend for tourism and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.

      Three people were killed and one injured in a shooting Saturday evening at the Bermuda Sands on Ocean Boulevard.

      In a separate incident Saturday night, one person was injured in a shooting in the area of 6th Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard.

      Two people were injured in a shooting Sunday night at the Wave Rider Resort on Ocean Boulevard.

      WPDE NewsChannel 15 reached out to Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Dean to ask about the impact of these shootings to the Myrtle Beach area.

      Dean is in Washington D.C. for the national Memorial Day observances, but issued the following statement :

      "The senseless acts of criminals and unruly visitors have once again marred what should have been a stellar weekend celebrating our Armed Forces and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of America.

      Unfortunately, none of us are surprised, as the Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally continues to create unanswered challenges for the community and visitors. Safety is a necessity for a tourism destination to thrive, and no amount of publicity and promotion will counter the bad publicity generated this weekend.

      The issue is not race. The issue is responsibility. Visitors must act responsibly by following our laws, and our local governments must act responsibly in providing adequate protection to both residents and visitors. We are working with our promotional partners to do what little we can to counter the negative publicity and assure those visitors planning a trip to the Myrtle Beach area that our community values their safety."