What can be done to curb violence in Columbia? - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

What can be done to curb violence in Columbia?

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Monday night's gang shooting that wounded a 4-year-old girl along with a deadly shooting at a bakery last week have many in the Columbia community outraged.

The faces of these innocent victims have many wondering what more can be done to stop the violence. 

Neighbors, witnesses, many we spoke with at Colony Apartments fear for their safety. Some say it's not safe enough to raise a family in the complex.

But it's not just the Colony. Different areas of Columbia have been hit recently with violent crimes.

One woman we spoke with agrees with law enforcement. In order to make the city safer, the community has to work with police to put an end to the violence.

Emon Kelly has lived in the Colony Apartments for six years. She wants to move.

"Everybody deserves a chance at a good life; a better life," said Kelly.

The community is still outraged about another shooting a week ago about a mile and a half a way. Back on July 1, two known gang members are accused of breaking into a bakery where 33-year-old Kelly Hunnewell was working.

Columbia Police say the teens planned to rob the business next door but they targeted the bakery when they realized the other business was closed.

Inside, they found no money, just Hunnewell who was gunned down.

Less than two weeks ago, Columbia officers arrested three teenagers including one juvenile for a gang-related shooting on King Street. Police says they are all documented gang members.

Three shootings in less than one month's time -- two of them gang-related --- just miles apart. Now police are investigating if 4-year-old Zahara Walker was caught in gang crossfire.

"We can't really say right now if it's gang-related," said Columbia Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago. "It could be gang-related, it could be drug-related. When you look at these types of scenarios, you have several individuals in this case without a care in the world except causing violence."

Regardless of the motive, neighbors and parents are fed up.

"No one should have to be afraid of where they live," said one neighbor.

"We need those community members who are willing to stand up and say, 'Not in my neighborhood,'" said Santiago.

Copyright 2013 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Meet the student whose picture walking to graduation gained nationwide attention

    Meet the student whose picture walking to graduation gained nationwide attention

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:09:14 GMT
    (Source: WBRC Video)(Source: WBRC Video)

    A picture is worth a thousand word, but one picture captured by a MAX bus driver captured tells a story of determination.

    More >>

    A picture is worth a thousand word, but one picture captured by a MAX bus driver captured tells a story of determination.

    More >>
  • Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

    Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-05-24 21:52:19 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 8:16 AM EDT2018-05-25 12:16:13 GMT
    A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.

    More >>

    Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.

    More >>
  • Netflix: What's coming and going in June

    Netflix: What's coming and going in June

    Thursday, May 24 2018 6:30 PM EDT2018-05-24 22:30:57 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 6:30 PM EDT2018-05-24 22:30:57 GMT

    Marvel titles "Thor: Ragnarok," the fifth season of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the second season of "Luke Cage" all arrive this month.

    More >>

    Marvel titles "Thor: Ragnarok," the fifth season of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the second season of "Luke Cage" all arrive this month.

    More >>
  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • Decision time in Ireland as voters decide on abortion law

    Decision time in Ireland as voters decide on abortion law

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:32:46 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 8:37 AM EDT2018-05-25 12:37:57 GMT
    (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...(Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    More >>

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    More >>
  • Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:22:51 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 8:37 AM EDT2018-05-25 12:37:26 GMT
    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

    More >>

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

    More >>
  • Explosion in Indian restaurant in Canada wounds 15 people

    Explosion in Indian restaurant in Canada wounds 15 people

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:42 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:42:29 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 8:37 AM EDT2018-05-25 12:37:10 GMT
    Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically. (Source: CTV Network via CNN)Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically. (Source: CTV Network via CNN)

    Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically.

    More >>

    Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly