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Citizens call for increased security in the Vista

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CPD is looking for this man seen fleeing the scene of a shooting in the Vista. They believe he may have information related to the case. CPD is looking for this man seen fleeing the scene of a shooting in the Vista. They believe he may have information related to the case.
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

While working crowd control early Sunday morning at Lucky 13 on Lady Street, Columbia Police say they heard what sounded like several gunshots.

After searching, they found some property damage, but no victims.

CPD released surveillance footage from the scene that shows one man running from the area. Police want to talk to this man because they believe he may have information related to the case.

As police continue to investigate, some people are calling for increased security in the area.

Sarah Lewis, executive director of The Vista Guild, says millions of people visit the district each year. She says her group is working closely with the Columbia Police Department to determine exactly what happened early Sunday morning.

Columbia City Council member Brian Newman heard about what happened Sunday morning, and says he knew immediately something needed to be done.

"We want to make sure that people know that this sort of behavior is unacceptable anywhere in the City of Columbia," said Newman.

Newman expects Columbia's police chief to put together a plan of action.

"I expect our police chief is going to put together a package that would include ensuring that we have the appropriate presence all over the Vista," said Newman.

Many people in the area Monday afternoon didn't know anything had happened Sunday morning.

"That does surprise me," said Tamyia Allen. "I didn't hear about anything. I live right up the street. It's crazy."

Newman says the police chief will be at an upcoming Vista meeting to address safety concerns.

"There's not a tremendous amount of incidents that occur here, but reality is, we want to make sure that people feel safe," said Newman. "Having something ridiculous happen can harm that."

Anyone with information about Sunday morning's incident should call 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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