Council member pleads for help after spike in shootings

Council member pleads for help after spike in shootings in North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston city council member is making a plea to the public for help after a recent spike in shootings.

There have been five shootings reported in the city in the past four days. One of them happened Thursday afternoon outside a Rivers Avenue supermarket.

A man was shot to death Wednesday night at an apartment complex.

"The mothers, the grandmothers, the aunts, whomever. They need to turn these children in. They know they have weapons, they know they're dealing in drugs," said North Charleston City Councilwoman Dorothy Williams.

Williams said it's time for the community to wake up and do something about the violence.

"Too many of black youth are dying over nonsense. Young people selling and using drugs, mostly the sellers, killing each other over a little bit of money."

She said don't put the blame on police because they can't be everywhere.

"The police at this point are very helpless. They don't know where a shooting is going to be, where it's going to happen just like that. There's nothing they can do."

Dale Bohler had a front row seat for one of the shootings.

Bohler was driving past the neighborhood store on East Montague Avenue Monday afternoon when a man jumped in front of her car and started shooting.

Police say the intended target was a beer delivery driver.

"I was terrified. I was frozen. I just stood there like this and if my son in law wasn't in the back seat saying go, I probably would have still been sitting there. I was just that scared," said Bohler. "I just think people get a hold of guns and they have their mind set on getting something one way or another whatever it takes."

Williams doesn't expect the number of shootings to slow down until people start talking to cops.

"Somebody gotta snitch to save young people's lives, so I'll be the snitch," she said.

Anyone with information on any of the shootings should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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