Myrtle Beach officials looking at ways to reduce crime after 5 shootings in 5 days


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - Five shootings have been reported in the city of Myrtle Beach in a five-day span.

And this isn't normal, says Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby, who has 20 years of law enforcement experience. He said he can't speculate why there have been that many shootings so close together, but did say they're looking into ways to stop the violence.

"We will continue to do that, to evaluate what our response will be and what additional resources we need. But the thing that we're trying to encourage to everyone is this needs to be a comprehensive effort," he said. "This needs to not just be a police department response to an issue. This needs to be the community working together with us."

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Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes said he's taking this seriously and is working with law enforcement.

"We're not letting this go by as, 'Oh, this is once in a blue moon.' No, it could happen again. We must be prepared, we must have a plan to attack these issues on a daily basis," he said.

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Crosby said it needs to be a collaborative effort between law enforcement, city officials and the community.

"If we have a plan, it's great that we have a plan but everyone has a part, so we're going to ask everyone to play their part to make this change and to address the issues. To make this a better community, which is what we're all trying to do," Crosby said.

Crosby said they work with other local law enforcement agencies to stay on top of what crime could be coming to the area.

"Our gang officers are constantly in communication with other gang officers to learn the trends they're seeing and the activity they're seeing in their locations to see if it may be coming here to our area," he said.

As law enforcement, city officials and members of the community work together to develop an action plan, we will let you know what it is and how you can get involved.

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