Five Points Association, USC president release statement on attack caught on camera
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Five Points Association and the University of South Carolina have both released statements after video shared on social media showed a vicious attack that seriously injured a man outside of a bar in the entertainment district.
The incident, according to the group, took place outside Carolina Pour House on March 19.
"Our thoughts are with the victim and his family, and we are hopeful for a speedy recovery and his swift return to the University of South Carolina."
According to a Columbia police report, Ryan Chisolm says he was making sure his friend wasn't involved in a fist fight when he was pushed outside of the bar by security.
Chisolm, a 21-year-old IT major, says that's the last thing he remembers before being slammed to the ground.
University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides issued a statement Thursday, saying:
We are very concerned about the incident that occurred at Pour House over St. Patrick's Day weekend. The aggressive behavior exhibited is not consistent with the expectations we have for our neighbors in Five Points. The videos that are now surfacing are disconcerting, to say the least.
Our immediate concern is Ryan's recovery. We have been in touch with him and offered the full support of the university as his injuries heal and he returns to class.
We have also been in touch with the Columbia Police Department, State Representative Justin Bamberg - who is serving as Ryan's legal counsel - and the Five Points Association to express our concern and dismay over the situation. We know CPD is conducting a full investigation and look forward to the resolution of this case.
The safety of our students is our primary concern. We will continue to work with our neighbors in Five Points, the City of Columbia and CPD on issues related to safety and alcohol consumption. Together we are a thriving urban community and we all have a role to play in ensuring a positive and safe student experience that enriches our city.
This weekend, Columbia and the University of South Carolina are in the national spotlight as we celebrate the success of our men's and women's basketball teams.
All of us - students, local residents and businesses - should take President Pastides' words to heart, "while the national limelight in Dallas and Phoenix will shine brightly for a week, the brightest and most important light of all, is the one you carry with you every day.
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Chisolm is scheduled to graduate in December, but he says the incident has put his school career on the line.
"I'm on pain medicine, sometimes I get a little droopy. I can't stay up to do my work. I can't drive while on the medicine," he said.
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At last check, the Columbia Police Department continues to investigate the incident.
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