Retaliation to blame for recent violence in N. Charleston, police say

Retaliation to blame for recent violence in N. Charleston, police say

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police held a press conference Friday afternoon to address the number of recent murders within the city limits.

North Charleston police chief Reggie Burgess said the department is dealing with retaliation, which is one of the motives behind some of the recent killings.

“What we understand and what we’ve known for a period of time now and because our agency is very proactive and we know exactly what has been going on in the streets,” Burgess said. “The people in the streets tell us things. We as officers understand crime as it is. What we’re actually dealing with is retaliation.”

Burgess used a chart to describe a recent shooting in which retaliation was involved and the relationships were complex.

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“We know who the folks are. We know where they live at, we know where they socialize at and we’re following them,” Burgess said. “You have to understand one thing, with a beef like this, we in law enforcement have borders. These individuals who are perpetrating crime in our city? They don’t have borders.”

One person died in a shooting on Thursday night in the area of Rivers Avenue and Verde Street while 19-year-old man was killed in a shooting early Wednesday morning. On April 12, a 16-year-old was killed on Sumner Avenue.

Elder Johnson of the National Action Network said he also wants to help stop the retaliation. Johnson said he started a retaliation program which stopped three years ago in which he spoke with family members of victims and suspects to make them more aware of any possible retaliation.

“We are noticing the increase in crime in North Charleston,” Johnson said. “We are here and willing to work with the chief in this department in dealing with the crime in this community."

Since Burgess became police chief in 2018, he has made a habit of marching to “stop the violence” near homicide scenes within the city’s limits.

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