CPD to hold news conference on Five Points safety | News
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS)- Columbia Police Department officials will hold a news conference at noon on Friday to discuss safety in Five Points, according to a release from the department.
The release does not go into detail about what exactly the department will address, but it's easy to believe they will talk about what law enforcement plans to do about the continued violence and crime issues in the entertainment district.
Police have already increased patrols in the area following one incident that has once again shined the spotlight on Five Points.
Just under two weeks ago, Martha Childress, an 18-year-old University of South Carolina student, was critically wounded and paralyzed after police say 21-year-old Michael Juan Smith opened fire and missed two men he was believed to be shooting at following an argument.
Smith was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a
weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and possession of a
Childress was moved to Atlanta to begin rehabilitation. Her stepfather, Ron Johnson, and the family's attorney, Joe McCulloch, spoke on Monday to ask for a list of changes called "Martha's List" that could affect the violence in the area.
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