By DEUCE NIVEN
Gunfire from a car speeding south on US 701 between Tabor City and Loris Wednesday afternoon hit at least one person as other vehicles scrambled to get out of the way, leaving “multiple vehicles pulled over with damage,” an Horry County Police Department report said.
It was not clear from the initial HCPD report if the victim survived the gunshot wound. Tabor-Loris Tribune has asked for additional information from the police agency.
Police closed down a section of US 701 until about 8:30 p.m. as the crime scene was processed.
Police were dispatched to the area of US 701 at Hwy 930 just after 4:35 p.m. to reports of shots fired, the report said.
Victims and witnesses told police that two vehicles were travelling south on the two-lane highway. One of the victims said “he saw two guys hanging out of the windows of one of the vehicles shooting at the other vehicle,” and that he heard the gunfire, the report said.
Another victim said he was travelling north when he encountered the south bound vehicles and that “his driver side was struck with a bullet from the suspects shooting as they drove down Hwy 701,” the report said.
A third victim said her southbound vehicle was “sideswiped” by one of the suspect vehicles, and that “she did not get any information about the car as it happened so fast.”
A witness who was driving northbound said “he had to move off the road due to a car passing in oncoming lane,” and that “he heard loud pops as the car passed by him,” the report said.
Police recovered multiple shell casing along the roadway, the report said. A separate investigation was launched by the South Carolina Highway Patrol related to the collision, the report said.
This is a developing story. Look for updates here as events warrant and in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.