A rash of shootings is plaguing several neighborhoods and apartment complexes in north Columbia, and the police chief of South Carolina’s capitol city is concerned about a lack of help from residents in those areas.
Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said Wednesday that there have been 10 incidents involving guns in the city since July 30. He said those numbers include an 11-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy who were wounded in shootings within the last three days. The 11 year-old was wounded Tuesday night.
“Officers responded to shots fired and they found an 11 year-old that had been hit by gun fire, transported to the hospital and underwent surgery and is in stable condition,” Holbrook said in a news conference Wednesday. The 13 year-old was shot Sunday night at the same apartment complex on Falling Springs Road a few units down from Tuesday’s shooting. Holbrook said the teen was also listed in stable condition.
Holbrook said that some of the incidents are related to domestic violence, but others could be the result of what the chief called a “gang nexus.”
The chief also said there have not been very many tips and leads from the public in the cases. “We’re very sensitive to that. Confidentiality is very important to us. We appeal to people’s hearts to do what’s right for this community.” Holbrook said.
Police are asking anyone with information on any of the shootings to contact Crimestoppers. Call 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372), Text TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637), visit www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and email a tip.
Officers say your identity will be kept anonymous. If the tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.