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MBPD: Large fight at Broadway at the Beach, no active shooter

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach Police Department responded to a large fight at Broadway at the Beach around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. The holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for the city and for local businesses, according to local business owners.

MBPD tweeted just after 10:30 p.m., "Officers are on scene at Broadway at the Beach regarding a fight. All other reports are inaccurate. This incident is being investigated as a fight."

Witnesses told WMBF News crews on scene that during the fireworks display, large groups of people began running.  Myrtle Beach Police Sergeant Clothier said no bullet casings were found and witnesses could not definitively say they ever saw any type of gun.

One family from Georgia said they were in the gift shop of Ripley's Aquarium and saw a group of 10-20 people run in and go behind a reception desk. The family was then led into an interior office of the aquarium, and they stayed there until they were told police had checked out the area and found it safe.

In a statement from the Myrtle Beach Police Department, Captain Joey Crosby said, "Officers have responded to Broadway at the Beach regarding a large fight.  During the incident, someone in the crowd referenced a gun which caused people to run.  At this time, the department is investigating this incident as a fight."

Crosby went on to say that "there is no evidence that shots were fired, and this incident is NOT an active shooter situation.  A large presence of officers are on the scene to ensure everyone’s safety."

Witnesses described to WMBF seeing people hiding in freezers of nearby restaurants, turning over tables and crouching behind them and hiding behind dumpsters as people ran around them. Video sent to WMBF News from viewers shows panicked crowds running during the fireworks show.

Myrtle Beach and Horry County police directed lines of vehicles trying to leave the dining and shopping complex. The parking lot was mostly cleared by 11:30 p.m. while police continued to investigate.

Capt. Crosby said that minor injuries occurred during the incident.  Sgt. Clothier said several people were injured while people were running.  He said ambulances were called, and paramedics treated victims on the scene, then released them; saying no one was taken to the hospital.

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