There will be more boots on the ground, SC Gov. says

Tough talk and big promises from South Carolina governor.

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster promising a heavier police presence in Myrtle Beach after a violent weekend left seven people injured.

"There will be a lot more boots on the ground," said McMaster.

Gov. McMaster met with local and state law enforcement in Myrtle Beach Thursday. He says he will put every resource available towards keeping the beach town safe.

"We'll do whatever it takes to make sure what we believe is an aberration in one of the finest family beaches in America, does not happen again, whatever it takes we're going to do it all," he declared.

There were five shootings in 72 hours in Myrtle Beach this past weekend. One incident caught on camera as a tourist broadcast a brawl turned shootout on Facebook Live. 

However, Gov. McMaster says one weekend will not stop Myrtle Beach from being a premier tourist attraction.

"I think Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular destinations on the east coast and for many years it has had a marvelous reputation," he said. "I don't think this will hurt it, but I just want everyone to be comfortable when they come here or if they live here that this that we are not going to tolerate this activity."

McMaster says some of the additional officers will be visible, some will not be. He would not say how many officers will be added.

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