CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - There’s a heightened awareness in West Ashley after three shooting incidents just miles apart from each other within a week.
Early Thursday morning, Charleston County deputies say a man was shot to death while taking out the trash at a duplex on Ashley Hall Road.
A short time later, Charleston police say a man was shot and wounded while sitting in a car on Taberwood Circle.
Last Saturday night, Charleston police say two groups had a shootout in the parking lot of Citadel Mall near the entrance to the food court. No one was hit by the gunfire.
"I think the sentiment goes with everybody in West Ashley, they're scared, they don't know what's gonna happen next," said Teresa Tidestrom, executive director of the organization West Ashley United.
Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds and Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Eric Watson are also concerned about the shootings.
Reynolds believes most of the shootings were sparked by drugs, retaliation or an ongoing beef.
“When you look at the number of homicides that we’ve had, you look at the number of shootings that we’ve had, it’s by the grace of God that we haven’t had more homicides,” Reynolds said.
Numbers from Charleston Police show there have been 179 crimes involving guns this year in West Ashley.
Four gun-related homicides happened in West Ashley and 24 gun-related armed robberies happened in West Ashley. this year.
Both Reynolds and Watson say they need people to talk to solve the recent shootings.
"The communities that need us most, a lot of times trust us the least," Reynolds said.
"Between law enforcement and community, without that, that connection we can't solve it all," Watson said.
"Get involved, residents of West Ashley please. I'm begging you, this is our community and it's a great one," she said.
So far, no arrests have been made in any of the shootings.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 843 554 1111.