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Man who streamed shooting on Facebook describes 'chaos,' hopes it'll help investigation

Man who put Ocean Blvd. Shooting on FB live talks with WPDE- TV. (Courtesy: Bubba Hinson)

Bubba Hinson was standing on the rooftop of his hotel room high above the chaos when the shots rang out.

“Stay away from this area if you're watching this feed. There's multiple people been shot," Hinson said as he streamed a fight that quickly eroded into a shooting in Myrtle Beach, a popular South Carolina resort town.

Seven people, including the shooter, were taken to a nearby hospital with "non-life threatening" injuries.

The shoot occurred early Sunday morning near the intersection of 5th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard. A police patrol car was struck by bullets, but no officer was shot or injured during the shooting.

A shot grazed a security officer in the leg. He was treated on scene. The gunman carjacked a vehicle but was caught a short time later.

Hinson said he started a Facebook Live when he noticed a crowd of over 75 people moving down Ocean Boulevard.

Minutes later there was gunfire and people screaming. He said he's never seen anything like it before.

"The whole scene just turned to chaos in a matter of seconds," said Hinson.

From his vantage point on top of his hotel, he didn't feel like he was in immediate danger.

He said if he was put in the situation again he would have done the same thing.

"I was in the right place at the wrong time I guess it's good that I did have the video because it will help out with the investigation," said Hinson.

His video was submitted to Myrtle Beach Police.

He visits Myrtle Beach annually but usually doesn't stay near that part of Ocean Boulevard because of the crime in the area.

The incident captured on Hinson's smartphone wasn't the only shooting reported in the beach town over Father's Day weekend.

Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes defended his city, proclaiming, "Myrtle Beach is not a city of crime."


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