Three shot overnight, hospital put on lock down
Sat, 01 Dec 2012 15:50:38 GMT —
Horry County police are investigating two separate shooting incidents at nightclubs along Highway 17 bypass.
Cpl. Joseph Dorio
with Horry County Police
says a shooting occurred at Red Bar Tavern around 2 a.m. Saturday and another shooting happened at Club Crush around 3 a.m.
Police believe the two shootings are not related.
Cpl. Dorio says this is the second shooting at Club Crush in two weeks.
Three people with gunshot wounds were brought to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center early Saturday morning, and friends and family of the three who were shot got into a fight in the emergency room lobby, according to hospital spokesperson Joan Carroza.
Horry County and Myrtle Beach police were called to assist hospital security with the crowd control.
Police escorted the crowd out of the hospital, and only one family member of those shot was allowed to stay, according to Carroza.
Myrtle Beach police made one arrest at the hospital.
Police charged Swava Mccrea, 23, of Myrtle Beach with Drug Violation,
Destruction Of Property and Disorderly Conduct.
McCrea was seen punching a hospital sign and yelling obscenities at another man claiming that he shot his friend, according to police.
While being searched, police found crack cocaine in Mccrea's possession.
The hospital was placed on temporary lockdown after the fight. The lockdown was lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday, said Carroza.
No one was injured in the fight at the hospital.
During the lockdown, the emergency room remained open and operated as usual, but all other visitor entrances to the hospital were closed.
Hospital staff continued to discharge and accept patients during the lockdown.
Family members visited patients through the emergency room entrance.
Photo ID was required for visitors during the lockdown. Carroza advised visitors who weren't family members to wait for Saturday evening to visit.