North Charleston police chief talks plans to fight deadly violence

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man was found shot to death in a car in North Charleston Thursday afternoon, just 24 hours after a reported murder/suicide within the city.

Thursday's shooting is the third confirmed shooting within the city in two days.

Officials with the North Charleston Police Department said there have been six homicides so far in 2018.

Last year, there were 36 murders, according to the North Charleston City website.

North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess said right now things are going better for the City of North Charleston.

He attributes that to a better sense of communication between police and the community.

"What we're trying to do is stop those things from occurring and sometimes they may happen," said Burgess. "If they do happen, which we don't want it to happen, we gotta get back out there and push peace."

Burgess said the department is focusing on three key goals that center around community.

"When you develop a relationship, partnership, fellowship any kind of sense of community they're going to come," said Burgess. "That's what partnership is. That's our first focus, partnership.Second focus is reducing violent crime, but if we have a partnership those violent crime acts will start to come to an end because the people start to trust us."

Burgess said their third focus is to create a safe neighborhood.

Burgess said he already can see things going up, and more people thanking the department for their help.

Burgess said he received a text message Thursday morning from a woman the department helped.

"The text says 'Good morning chief, thanks for the service last night. I sleep in peace thanks again,'" Burgess read.

Burgess said for the two violent crimes that occurred over the last two days were random.

"What's going on right now is we have some random acts of violence," said Burgess.

Both investigations are still ongoing.

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