CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Security will be heightened for the one year anniversary of the Mother Emanuel AME church shooting in the wake of the massacre in Orlando, Florida.
"We'll be heightened, we'll have heightened security," Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said Monday. "Absolutely, you got to do these sorts of things."
Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said multiple agencies will be deployed in the area of the church on Calhoun Street and also at TD Arena on George Street, where a memorial service will be held Friday morning.
Cannon, who is an expert in counter terrorism and homeland security says it's difficult for authorities to predict when and where a terrorist will strike.
"You have to get it right 100 percent of the time. They can be right one time and you have a horrific tragedy like what happened over the weekend."
The sheriff says people attending the events downtown have no cause for concern.
"The odds are so dramatically against something happening. You can't let that lead your life," Cannon said. "People react that way, but you can't let that lead your life."
Cannon said some of the security measures being put in place will be obvious while others will not.
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