Police probe death of woman found at Myrtle Beach mall

Police cordon off part of the parking lot at Myrtle Beach Mall after finding a woman shot to death on Jan. 8, 2016. (Photo: Bill Mannix/WPDE)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Myrtle Beach authorities are investigating the death of a woman found slumped over in a car as a homicide.

Horry County police tell local media outlets a 78-year-old woman was found inside her car Friday afternoon in the parking lot of Myrtle Beach Mall.

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Police Lt. Raul Denis says officers responded to a shooting call. Denis says the woman’s daughter told them she found her mother and called police. The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Denis says police are waiting on the coroner to release an official cause of death before saying if there actually was a shooting. Neither police nor the coroner immediately returned messages Friday.

Denis says the mall is open and that authorities don’t think anyone else there is in danger.

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