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Two shootings in one night highlight Richland County gun crimes

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This map shows the amount of recent shootings in Richland County. This map shows the amount of recent shootings in Richland County.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Two shootings in Richland County on Wednesday night -- one of them fatal -- are just the latest in gun-related violence in the Midlands in the past few months.

When it comes to gun crimes in aggravated assaults and attempted murders in Columbia, guns are used nearly twice as much as other weapons and the numbers just halfway through the year seem to be up.

So far in July, Columbia Police, Richland County Sheriff's deputies, and Lexington County deputies responded to weapon violence at least 13 different times in separate locations. Aggravated assaults and attempted murders half way through the year seem to be on pace with last year. Columbia Police gang analysis, however, shows 61 gang members involved in crimes this year compared to 107 through this time last year. 

Those numbers mean very little for the Gwen Davis and her family. Their loved one, 25-year-old Howard Nemley, was a bystander in the area when the shootout began at Deer Park Apartments. He was fatally wounded while holding his 3-year-old daughter.

"He was just walking his daughter to the park like he does every night before time for her to go to bed," said Davis.

Davis also has plenty of questions of her own.

"We got another innocent person killed, and almost my granddaughter, 3 years old, killed for what? For being in your own neighborhood? For trying to enjoy the park out here? How can the kids come out here and enjoy the park if they've got to worry about getting shot at or whatever," said Davis. "We got to stop it. We just got to stop it."

Investigators are continuing to search for those responsible while the Davis family pleads with anyone who will listen.

"The community, everybody, should step in and help the police," said Davis. "Don't be against the police. Help the police."

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