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Police chief, mayor: Five Points is safe

Officials show video of the weekend incident to the media Monday afternoon. Officials show video of the weekend incident to the media Monday afternoon.
Shiquan Tyon Cwiklinski (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Shiquan Tyon Cwiklinski (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Cell phone camera photo of people running after shots were fired. Cell phone camera photo of people running after shots were fired.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

City of Columbia officials maintain that Five Points is a safe place after two consecutive weekends of reports of people firing guns into the air.

Columbia's mayor and police chief spoke to the media Monday afternoon to make that point after the entertainment district's most recent incident. A teenager was arrested after allegedly firing a gun because he was upset that his friend had been detained after a fight at The Library Bar on Harden Street. 

Scott says officers arrested 17-year-old Shiquan Tyon Cwiklinski Saturday night. Cwiklinski is charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

As many as 20 officers were called to the 2000 block of Green Street just after 2 a.m. Saturday for a report of shots fired. Police found no reports of a victim or property damage as a result of the gunfire.

Cwiklinski is accused of shooting at a Columbia police officer and a person detained by the officer.

During a news conference Monday afternoon, Scott called Cwiklinski an angry young man who needs to stay behind bars.

"I know he has to be a person that is very confused and sad inside," said Scott.

Almost one year ago to the day, Cwiklinski was arrested and charged with attempted murder for a shooting at a nightclub on Two Notch Road. He and four others were charged with two counts of attempted murder.

Because of recent reports of shots fired in the area, Chief Scott ordered extra patrols in Five Points.

"I will continue to add resources and whatever is necessary to keep Five Points' merchants and patrons safe. Officers are on high alert throughout the city," said Scott.

"I hear these things more frequently and it takes the fun out of living here," said Casey Beard, who lives near Five Points. "It's definitely a problem here in Five Points."

"The Columbia Police Department will not tolerate the criminal element in the city," said Scott. "Cameras are everywhere. Police are on foot and mobile patrol."

Police say security video and witnesses helped them identify and catch the 18-year-old.

It's the latest string of violence in Five Points, according to a crime report.  Last weekend, a man was beaten up after an arguments outside The Library Bar. The next day, about 20 men got into a brawl in the same area. Officers say about eight to ten gunshots were fired.

"We should be able to come down for lunch or dinner without worrying that our life will be danger," said one woman.

Scott said Five Points is a safe place and is well-protected, but the Library has been a source of trouble in the area for the past few months. Scott says CPD has responded to more than 50 incidents alone at the bar.

Call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC if you can help investigators with this case, or any other case.

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