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2016 Homicides Still On Track To Exceed 2015 Level
Published:
8/4/2016 11:38:28 AM


 
Staff Reports - There have been 38 homicides committed in Charleston County as of August 1. Nineteen of those homicides were committed in North Charleston and eight in Charleston.

In recent weeks, the number of shooting incidents continue a trend that’s likely to make 2016 the most deadly in recent years. And as gunplay becomes more common, the chances for becoming an innocent victim is increasing.

Two weeks ago on a Monday night, two boys walking in a Ladson residential subdivision had to duck into bushes to avoid gunfire from a passing vehicle as residents stood on a nearby porch. Still the incident left one boy with a gunshot wound to the leg. That same night on Kennedy Street in downtown Charleston, a man was shot dead in front of a church. A woman was killed in a hit-and-run auto/pedestrian incident on Blake Street in Charleston July 28 and two days later gunfire left a man wounded at a Waffle House near Red Top.

July was the month for deadly home invasions as well. A July 17 home invasion left a man dead after 23-year-old suspects Stacey Green and Byron Rivers allegedly forced their way into a North Charleston residence and attempted to rob the occupants. Rivers also was shot during the attempt. And a July 23 Huger home invasion took police from a church on S.C. Highway 41 to Danville, Va. to make arrests in the incident that left one man dead.

By this time last year there had been only five homicides in Charleston not counting the nine murders committed in the June 17 massacre at Emanuel AME Church. And only seven homicides had been committed by this time last year in North Charleston.

All total, there were 54 homicides in the county last year. But 2016 murders in Charleston County continue to outpaced those committed in the same time span in 2015.

And North Charleston continues to be the county’s most deadly area. With five months left in 2016 homicides will likely exceed those of 2015.
 

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