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Community meets to find answers for 'escalating' violence in Summerville

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

The Robynwyn subdivision in Summerville held a public meeting Thursdsay in light of recent crime in the past month.

Summerville Town Councilman Aaron Brown said they want the community to get involved in trying to solve a fatal shooting that left one man dead on Oct. 3 and any other crimes that have occurred in the area, including a shooting that left one man injured on Oct. 21.

More than 50 people gathered into the community center for the meeting.

Brown led the discussion and introduced Fred Bowie of Crimestoppers, who spoke about citizens providing tips to police, and Summerville police Captain Jon Rogers.

Rogers told the group there were two shootings in the Robynwyn neighborhood and highlighted Hancock's murder to spark the community to be aware at all times.

"Enough is enough," said Summerville police Captain Jon Rogers during the meeting. "We are not going to have these shootings in broad daylight or at two in the morning in our neighborhood. When people get involved good things happen."

On Oct. 3, police say John Hancock was fatally wounded by gunshots as he tried to run away from the shooter outside his mother's home on Lilac Drive. Investigators are on the lookout for a mid-sized 4-door car, possibly a Pontiac Oldsmobile that is silver or tan in color.

Police said witnesses told them several people were inside the car that sped away from the scene following the shooting.

Councilman Aaron Brown said he will be holding similar meetings for the community the first Thursday of every month.

If you have any information about any of the recent crimes in Summerville you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111 or the Summerville Police Department at 871-2463.

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