N. Charleston's murder count up to 20, chief says city safe as any other

N. Charleston's murder count up to 20, chief says city safe as any other
Published: Nov. 24, 2014 at 9:23 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2014 at 9:52 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston's police chief says his city is not less safe than any community in the world, even in the wake of two more murders over the weekend.

The murder count has risen to 20, which is five more than all of 2013.

"For me and the community, one is too many," Chief Eddie Driggers said Monday afternoon.

The chief says his officers are doing everything they can to keep people safe, including going into neighborhoods to look for known criminals.

"We recently went from own the zone to know your zone and that's know the criminal element in that zone and then know who's not," Driggers said.

Driggers believes in this year's murders, most of the killers and victims knew each other. He says some of the killings may be linked and were either the result of drug deals or retaliation.

The chief says he has made it his business to ask victims' families to not retaliate.

"I look them dead in the eyes just like I'm looking you in the eyes, and I reassure them that we're gonna do everything we can to bring to justice the people who have harmed them and their loved ones," Driggers said.

Driggers says the murders cannot be solved unless people in the community who have information come forward.

"Blame the people who are pulling these triggers, blame the people who are doing this crime and say I'm not gonna take it anymore," he said.

Anyone with information on this past weekend's murders on Dutton Avenue and Fairwind Drive is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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