Myrtle Beach police plan summit on bike festivals

The Associated PressJuly 11, 2014 

— Myrtle Beach's police chief has invited law enforcement officials along the East Coast to a meeting to discuss ways to reduce violence in area during motorcycle festivals.

Police Chief Warren Gall says the problems during the Memorial Day events along the Grand Strand prompted him to plan for a meeting in September.

Three people were killed and seven injured in shootings in Myrtle Beach that weekend, as nearby Atlantic Beach hosted its annual BikeFest and Myrtle Beach held Military Appreciation Days.

Gov. Nikki Haley called for an end to Bikefest after the violence.

Gall says the meeting will be Sept. 21 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. He says he wants to hear from about 100 law enforcement officers and local government officials on how they deal with similar gatherings.

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