South Carolina city puts barricades on parts of ocean street

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Posted: Jun 23, 2017 9:56 AM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Six shootings in three days have prompted officials in a popular South Carolina beach town to put up barricades to keep people off the streets and on the sidewalks.

Workers in Myrtle Beach began putting up barricades along Ocean Boulevard on Thursday after officials said pedestrians blocking traffic led to the most serious of the six shootings early Sunday. Six people were taken to hospitals. No one died.

Some business owners don't like the barricades. The owner of one pizza restaurant said the barricades could hurt business and said the barricades don't look "beachy" or relaxing.

City spokesman Mark Kruea says if the barricades work, the city will look for what he called a "more elegant solution."

The Chamber of Commerce said 18 million people visited Myrtle Beach last year.