Two Iredell County men were among the unlucky bystanders caught up in that Myrtle Beach melee that was broadcast on Facebook Live Sunday.
Four million people have viewed the video, which started with a group of people fighting on Ocean Boulevard and ended with a gunman carjacking the two Iredell County men.
Quentin Vanderburg, 30, of Troutman, and his friend Rackim Mattox, 23, of Statesville, were driving a rented 2016 Toyota Corolla when a gunman involved in the fight carjacked them and sped off, reports the Statesville News & Landmark.
Seven people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, including the shooter, who police say was shot by a security officer. The suspect’s name has not been released.
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Vanderburg and Mattox told the News & Landmark they were in Myrtle Beach for an annual family Father’s Day vacation. They were getting something to eat at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday when things went sour.
Their vehicle can be seen in the upper right-hand corner of the video, stopping after the shots were fired, reported the Record & Landmark. The gunman can then be seen heading toward their vehicle, forcing them out.
“I wasn’t sure what to do,” Vanderburg told the newspaper. “We had no time to think. When I pulled up we heard multiple gunshots and next a gun pointed at my face. I saw in his eyes that he would shoot me.”
Their car was later found at the Palace Hotel with blood on the driver’s door, it was reported.
The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News reports the 17-year-old North Carolina boy accused of opening fire into the crowd had been “involved in gang activity.” He also knew his immediate victim, officials said.
Vanderburg and Mattox were not injured, but both had trouble sleeping over for a few days.
“I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Vanderburg said told Charlotte TV station WSOC. “In the video, it looked like I got out of there like Deion Sanders, but when I'm in action it felt like slow motion...Things happen everywhere you go, but I didn't think it would happen to me.”