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Five Points prepares for another weekend one week after violence

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Ryan Kay has his reaction to a wild week in Five Points on display.

The owner of Pinch said bar owners were singled out when Chief Randy Scott pointed to under-age drinking as a major cause of last weekend's violence.

Early Sunday morning, Columbia Police investigated a report of shots fired and two fights.

"The loitering is still the problem," said Kay. "Not the kids. They just want to come down here and have a good time like we did when we were in college."

But Kay said he was encouraged by what he saw Thursday night.  After promises of change from Mayor Benjamin and Chief Scott, Kay said he noticed a difference.

"They were very active in patrolling," he said. "I noticed cars getting pulled over that were just driving up and down the streets clearly not going to a bar. They weren't spending excessive amounts of time going into bars and checking peoples I.D.'s"

Kay believes Five Points is and continues to be a safe place, even at night. But he hopes the recent outcry for change does have a lasting impact.

"We have a lot of fun here, as long as we keep working together as bar owners, patrons and police, we can make Five Points incredible again," said Kay. 

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