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Some Myrtle Beach businesses concerned after string of shootings

Some Myrtle Beach businesses concerned after string of shootings (Taggart Houck, WPDE)

After a string of three shootings in less than 24 hours, some Myrtle Beach business owners are worried about sales.

Myrtle Beach Police responded to two shootings Saturday evening -- one in the parking lot of the Coastal Grand Mall, and a shooting outside the Crown Reef Beach Resort. Early Sunday morning, MBPD responded to a shooting near 5th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.

Many along Ocean Boulevard declined to talk on record Sunday about the impact, but said they hope visitors and residents won't be afraid to stop in for business.

Floyd Vermillion is a parking attendant outside Bowery Bar -- blocks from the Ocean Avenue shooting.

"I don't think (the shooting) is gonna affect business that much, but at the same time, I hope it doesn't," he said.

He also thought about the string of incidents over Easter -- 5 shootings in 5 days.

"I don't want people to fear that something bad is going to happen just because you come to Myrtle Beach. This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited, now I've lived here for 2 years, and I would never want to move anywhere else," said Vermillion.

All this while city officials hope to attract more families.

Brad Dean, President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce said keeping those tourists in town in vital.

"Tourism is our life boat," he said. "We have to maintain ourselves as a welcoming community. If people don't think they're going to be safe here then they're not going to visit and that makes what our police do all the more important."

Dean also encouraged support for those sworn to keep us safe.

"Their job is only more difficult today. It's that much more important," he said. "This really requires an all-hands on deck approach."

Mayor John Rhodes talked to ABC15 in a phone interview this morning. Rhodes said he wanted business owners to know the city will protect them. To hear more of what he had to say to ABC15 about the shootings, click here.

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