Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
"When you look at Columbia overall, we're talking about a very small percentage of gang members in gangs," said Columbia's Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago.
Santiago would not give a specific number, but says it's not just about the amount, it's also their structure.
"What we have in Columbia is what's considered cliques," said Santiago. "And these cliques, they could be the name of a street or five individuals that live on a neighborhood and start an effort to be criminals."
Santiago says gang members' style and approach are changing so it can be harder to pinpoint.
"The colors change, the way they wear their clothes change. The way they represent themselves and that's what gangs really thrive off of, is the attention," said Santiago. "They want the attention of what they're doing."
The shooting Monday night at the Colony Apartments, he says, is an example of how brazen gang members can be.
"Broad daylight, out in the open, just hysterically shooting, not having a care in the world for who might be at the other end of those bullets," said Santiago.
The Colony Apartments is just one neighborhood in Columbia where police say gang members reside. But, just living here as a gang members is not enough for an arrest. Both CPD and Richland County's gang units are working together to identify active members who are out here causing the violence.
"As police chief, I don't want to shy away from the fact that we have gangs in Columbia," said Santiago. "We've always had gangs in Columbia for a very long time. It's been an ongoing mission of the Columbia Police Department to defeat these gangs."
Santiago cites city stats to show there has been a decrease in violence recently, even though he says the perception of crime has increased.
"With the gang unit, we want to be in your face, sending a message to those street thugs that what they do is not acceptable," said Santiago. "But we need and beg the help of the community because we can't just do it by ourselves."
One problem in targeting gang violence is many witnesses fear retaliation.
But Santiago stresses when you call Crimestoppers you will remain anonymous and you could receive a reward.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>