Three people have been killed and two more injured after a shooting incident at an oceanfront motel in Myrtle Beach, one of South Carolina’s most popular tourist destinations.
The shootings took place around 11 p.m. on Saturday in front of crowds of tourists at the Bermuda Sands Motel along the beach’s new boardwalk, Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes said.
The area attracts between 350,000 and 400,000 people each Memorial Day Weekend for the annual Atlantic Beach BikeFest, which is held just 15 miles away from Myrtle Beach.
The three-day event, also known as Black Bikers Week, is the largest African American motorcycle rally in the U.S. although in recent years it has evolved to include many non-bike events such as concerts and streets festivals.
Officers draped towels over the balcony of a breezeway just outside the doors to the rooms of the motel to shield two of the bodies from people on nearby Ocean Boulevard.