Mayor: 'Flare up' of North Charleston violence will be handled

N. Charleston violence intensifies

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey is calling a recent rash of violence within city limits a 'flare up' and he took time to send a message to those responsible.

"We will catch you and we will make you pay," said Summey.

Thursday's flare up had Summey's officers investigating two fatal shootings and two armed robberies over the span of 12 hours.

It all started this Thursday morning at 2:30 a.m. on Dorchester Road.

The Charleston County coroner says 22-year-old Miquel Snipe of North Charleston was killed after leaving Club Charlie O's.

Less than ten hours later and no more than a mile away, another fatal shooting took place.

"There was a lot of blood on the ground he was hit in the head," said a witness at the scene.

A man was rushed to the hospital from the scene in the afternoon but passed away a few hours later.

The coroner identified the second victim of the day as 19-year-old Rodriguez Henderson, who was shot to death on Saratoga Road just before noon.

Witnesses told detectives they saw two men running from the scene after the shooting but police have yet to find them for questioning.

Officers were also called out to two armed robberies that took place at different areas of Rivers Avenue.

A gas station clerk was threatened with a knife and later on Thursday a man unloading a trailer was robbed at gun point.

Cash was stolen in both incidents.

Summey says he has one message for those responsible.

"We're going to come down on them and going to arrest them. We're going to try them and we're going to put them in prison," he said.

As of the time this article was written, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named in connection to any of the incidents.

The number of violent crimes in North Charleston was cut in half over the last decade.

In 2006 28 murders were recorded within city limits compared to five in 2011.

However, a month and a half into the new year the North Charleston Police Department has already had three murders.

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