Social media aids investigation of Memorial Day weekend shootings

Over Memorial Day weekend in Myrtle Beach, there were five shootings where police were able to locate victims. There were a number of other reports of shots fired. Myrtle Beach police say three people died and at least 10 were injured.

Now videos of the shooting are surfacing on social media, and show the chaos in the aftermath, and in that chaos is information, which is helping police find their suspects.

"Obviously we have one video that gives us a pretty good depiction of what happened where you actually see somebody pull a gun out and shoot," said Captain David Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Myrtle Beach police are gathering all the videos they can and sharing them with other agencies.

"A lot of people that were involved in these incidents have some sort of gang affiliation. We're working with the jurisdictions that they came from to try and find out more information about them. Find out if there's any beef there. Some of these can be totally random," said Knipes.

While the videos are a helpful investigative tool, Capt. Knipes says police still face a big challenge.

"They're not from our area, we don't know them. We're having problems getting access to these people to give us the information that we need to help us with our investigation. With them not inside our viewing area, they haven't seen the video," said Knipes.

In the days following the shootings, viewers have sent in several YouTube links not showing the shootings, but rather scenes of massive street parties. One video depicts Myrtle Beach as a place where you can go and do almost whatever you want without being arrested.

"That's not the case. We do make a lot of arrests, you can look at the stats that our officers generate. They're out there working their butts off," said Knipes.

Knipes said all Myrtle Beach police officers, around 220, were working over Memorial Day Weekend along with support from state agencies.