Police in Myrtle Beach are investigating a shooting in a hotel room that left two people injured. It's the fourth shooting in two days at the popular South Carolina beach town over the Memorial Day weekend.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Police in Myrtle Beach are investigating a shooting in a hotel room that left two people injured. It's the fourth shooting in two days at the popular South Carolina beach town over the Memorial Day weekend.
Police Capt. David Knipes said a man and a woman were shot around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wave Rider Resort. The hotel is about 16 blocks south of the Bermuda Sands Motel where three people were killed and another injured in a shooting Saturday night.
Knipes says no arrests have been made and every available officer is working.
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce released a statement saying the Memorial Day weekend motorcycle rally continues to cause challenges and safety is paramount to keep people coming back to the beach.
Thai coup leader: Don't protest, it's no use
BANGKOK — Bolstered by an endorsement from Thailand's king, the nation's new military ruler issued a stark warning Monday to anyone opposed to last week's coup: don't cause trouble, don't criticize, don't protest — or else the nation could revert to the "old days" of turmoil and street violence.
Speaking in his first public appearance since the coup, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha defended the army's takeover, saying he had to restore order after seven months of increasingly violent confrontations between the now-ousted government and demonstrators who had long urged the army to intervene.
"I'm not here to argue with anyone. I want to bring everything out in the open and fix it," said Prayuth, who spoke at the army headquarters in Bangkok dressed in a crisp white military uniform.
"Everyone must help me," he said, adding: but "do not criticize, do not create new problems. It's no use."
The tough words came as an aide to former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she had been released Monday from military custody after being held for three days at an undisclosed location without access to a telephone. The aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said Yingluck had returned to her home.
In a gruff, 20-minute appearance, Prayuth warned the media and social media users to avoid doing anything that could fan the conflict. He also called on anti-coup protesters who have been staging small-scale demonstrations to stop.
"Right now there are people coming out to protest. So do you want to go back to the old days? I'm asking the people in the country, if you want it that way, then I will have to enforce the law."
Earlier Monday, a royal command sent in the name of King Bhumibol Adulyadej officially endorsed Prayuth to run the country and called for "reconciliation among the people."
Bhumibol, who is 86 and in fragile health, did not attend the ceremony, in which Prayuth knelt down before a large picture of the monarch and offered a decorated cone of banana leaves. The endorsement is a formality, but an important one in such circumstances as contending political forces look for signs that the king may not be approving such actions. But Monday's ceremony offered no such clues, dampening any speculation that the palace might withhold its support for the junta.
Thursday's coup, Thailand's second in eight years, deposed an elected government that had insisted for months that the nation's fragile democracy was under attack from protesters, the courts, and finally the army.