Bamberg County community members make suggestions to stop violent crime after shootings

Bamberg County community members make suggestions to stop violent crime after shootings

DENMARK, SC (WIS) - Neighbors in Denmark are trying to figure out how to curb violent crime in their area after one young man was severely injured in a shooting last October, and another was killed in a shooting earlier this month.

It’s a small town with a big problem. Residents say there has been an increase in shootings, break-ins, and drug activity, and tonight was all about trying to find the best way to get everything under control.

A little over a week ago, 20-year-old Denmark Technical College student Jordan Parson, was shot and killed while at a party in town. Tonight, the community says, enough is enough.

“We’re going to work hard as a council, and I’ve gotten a commitment from each council member that we’re going to find ways to improve,” said Gerald Wright, the Mayor of Denmark.

Neighbors freely shared concerns they have about crime in the area and pitched possible remedies.

One woman says her grandson was the young man shot and injured in the October shooting, as he was trying to leave a homecoming celebration. Six months later and he’s still working to recover.

“Young people are taking these guns for toys, shooting up in the air, and not realizing that someone’s going to get injured that way,” she said.

Youth programs, curfews, and shutting down nuisance businesses were all suggestions made tonight but these Denmark families are just hoping something can be done before someone else gets hurt.

Authorities are still investigating the shooting that killed Jordan Parson. Denmark Police requested that SLED take over that case.

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