North Charleston sees fourth murder this year

North Charleston Crime

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Sounds of anguish were heard in a North Charleston neighborhood after a young man was gunned down getting out of his car Wednesday night.

My heart goes out because at the end of the day, there's a mother home crying," says Tonya Parker, a North Charleston resident. "She'll never see her child again."

Tonya Parker has lived in North Charleston her entire life, but these days, she's a bit uneasy.

"It scares me especially when my daughter has to go to the school bus. It scares me when you don't know what's going to happen."

A father who lives just two doors down from the home of Wednesday night's murder says he's lived in North Charleston for three years and the violence has just gotten worse.

Co-founder of The Coalition says he will reach out to the people who live there and do what it takes to make sure they feel safe.

"For the men of the community it might mean walking the streets at night, patrolling their streets," says Pastor Thomas Dixon. "If it means contacting law enforcement if there's a problem, that's just part of it."

He admits the other part is complicated.

"It is the lack of parenting situations in the home. It is the lack of adequate education opportunities within the school systems and inner cities. It is the availability of unregistered firearms within the inner city community."

He says we need to do something now.

"It's really heartbreaking because there really is no sense in it. It is what it is, senseless violence."