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"Maybe The Next Bullet Will Hit My Door"

7:56 PM, Nov 18, 2013   |    comments
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Officers investigate a shooting at the Colony Apartments on November 16th, 2013.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - It was a deadly weekend in Richland County with three shootings happening in just a 24 hour period of time. Two of the shootings were at the Colony Apartments in Columbia - killing one man and injuring another.

Investigators say the shootings were not random, neither of the shooters or victims lived in the Colony Apartments, and there is no evidence at this time that shows if it was gang related.

One mother who lives in the Colony Apartments is speaking out about the recent crimes in efforts to bring the community together to fight violence.

"A bullet got lodged up here, my neighbor lives here with her two small sons, that bullet could have easily went through her door, this is the stuff we have to  deal with on a day to day basis," said Angela Sumpter.

For Sumpter and her family, she says her neighborhood looks like a crime scene just about every day.

"It's very worrisome because you have to live in a day to day fear of saying maybe the next bullet may hit my door."

She says the crimes have even made her hesitant to let her three year old daughter and two year old son outside to play.

"You never really know when something might break out. That's just like saying it's a shooting up the street but bullets are flying all the way down here in our parking lot and we have to live with that every day."

Sumpter believes that some residents are afraid to speak out because they fear what may happen to them.

She wants more people to speak out so that the community can come together and fight violence.

"It's a shame that our young black people cant find any other outlet than gang violence, and it's a shame that we are losing our young black men at an outstanding rate, and nothing is being done about it."

Sumpter hopes that the community can start a more visible neighborhood watch, and show outsiders that not all residents at the Colony Apartments are bad people.

"If you grow up in violence, it breeds violence. If we don't show them anything different as a community, that's all that they are going to know. That's all they are going to know is the local thugs sitting under the tree drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, that's all that they are going to see, not anything positive because they don't have anything positive to show them here."

Investigators are following new leads and have issued a warrant for one of the suspects.

If you have any information regarding any of the recent incidents at the Colony Apartments, please call:

CRIMESTOPPERS 

Call: 1-888-CRIME-SC
E-mail
 a tip in at www.midlandscrimestoppers.com
Text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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