Group vows to cut out violence in N. Charleston neighborhood

Crime scene investigators on Saratoga Road.
Crime scene investigators on Saratoga Road.
Police respond to shooting near nightclub.
Police respond to shooting near nightclub.

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The North Charleston community is ready to fight back against a recent crime wave in the city.

A coalition calling themselves "People United To Take Back Our Streets" says they will take back the Waylyn community in North Charleston, where two murders occurred in a 10-hour period last week.

"There's not a night that goes by without gunfire on these streets," says the coalition's co-leader Thomas Dixon. "It's time to stop and we're about fed up with it."

The voices of Dixon and Elder James Johnson echoed through the neighborhood's barren streets Monday calling for a cease fire.

"If we don't do it now it won't stop," says Johnson.

Early Thursday morning, police found 22-year-old Miguel Snipe suffering from fatal gunshot wounds near Charlie-O's, a nightclub on Dorchester Road.  Around noon that same day, they responded a home on Saratoga Road to find 19-year-old Rodriguez Henderson suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

He was later pronounced dead.

A suspect, 23-year-old Terrance Lance, has been charged with murder in Henderson's death, but Snipe's shooter has not been identified.

The coalition says taking back the community will start by going door to door to make sure everyone who lives in the community is involved and onboard with the positive change.

Elder Johnson and a handful of others also plan on staking out the area and taking video and pictures of who frequent the neighborhood for the wrong reasons.

"It's just gotten worse," said Mark Mohlanhoff, who has lived in the community for more than 30 years.

Mohlanhoff says he is onboard with restoring Waylyn.

The coalition's main concern is finding out how illegal handguns are being funneled into the community.

"It's going to work," says Dixon. "We're here for the long haul, we're not going to be turned around and we're not afraid of what were going to encounter."

The group plans on taking their initiative to Governor Nikki Haley, State Police and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey to receive support and open an investigation into the area's problems.

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