By Barney Blakeney
In April there had been three homicides in the City of Charleston and six in North Charleston. Since April those numbers have doubled in Charleston and almost tripled in North Charleston.
As of August 13 there have been six homicides in Charleston and 17 in North Charleston. Three homicides have been committed in the two cities in the past week – two in North Charleston and one in Charleston. Charleston County Sheriff Office has had five homicides committed in its jurisdiction to date this year.
Charleston police August 12 made an arrest in the August 8 shooting death of a Hanover Street man, the second shooting death victim in as many months as Eastside Charleston residents held a second gathering to address violent crime in that community.
City spokesman Jack O’Toole said, ““As a person of faith, Mayor John Tecklenburg believes every human life is sacred. That’s why, as mayor, he’s spoken out in the aftermath of tragic homicides here in the city, like those of Talekuz Williams and Juquel Young last July and Timothy Haman last week. And it’s also why he continues to work every day with our citizens and police to keep all our neighborhoods safe.”
O’Toole resisted that the two Eastside homicides represent an uptick in violent crime this year citing homicide statistics over the past 10 years – 2010: 10; 2011: 11; 2012: 12; 2013: 7; 2014: 8; 2015: 16; 2016: 11; 2017: 6; and in 2018: 10.