Downtown Businesses React To Double Murder

The double murder in Greenville early Tuesday morning has many business owners near the shooting concerned.

The owners say they're not concerned about business, but the perception of the area.

Jay Long owns a convenience store on the same corner where the shooting took place. He says the police continue to patrol the downtown area, especially while his store is open when the clubs are. "Downtown get bad press, but it's a safe place to be. You hear of things happening on the outskirts of town, but in the downtown area itself you just don't hear of thing like this."

Kelly Boutilier, the owner of Moxie's Clothing store, says the deaths of the two people has left her shaken. "It's really scary,um, my heart goes out to the victims it's such a senseless crime it's just really unbelievable."

Greenville's Police Chief William Anderson says on Monday's and Tuesday's they have about one or two officers patrolling the area, while on busier nights there are close to 20.

Anderson says Greenville and downtown are still a safe place, but in light of this shooting, they will increase patrols when the clubs are open.


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  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jul 1, 2009 at 06:56 PM
    Well Kevin what about the rest of Greenville ? There is more to greenville then downtown. The problem is that our laws dont discourage people from committing crimes. What makes the College kids more important then other residents of greenville ? If someone will do it down town they can strike anywhere in town. All putting more officers downtown is going to do is take officers away from other areas of town and increase the response times.
  • by Kevin Location: Greenville on Jul 1, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    i think u should have a cop on every corner every week i mean the clubs are open every night of the week so i think u should at least have them sitting and waitin because you never know what is going to happen. Anything could happen any day any time
  • by Stats Location: downtown on Jul 1, 2009 at 04:40 AM
    Sorry guys isolated incidents going back to 1908 although they mat make good stories are not an accurate indication of an increase or decrease in violent crime. Also even if its hasn't changed does that make it ok? I really think we all need to look at how fights and incidents in bars are handled and try to figure out a better way. If we cant keep a 1 to 2 square mile area safe we are in trouble. Greenville has 205 crimes per square mile, the state average is 12 per square mile and the national average is 50 per square mile, seems like we are failing somewhere. http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/nc/greenville/crime/
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 1, 2009 at 04:30 AM
    When Chief Anderson said downtown was "safe" he did not mean that no crime would take place. If you keep Greenville in percpective with other cities the same size or larger, yes, it is "safe". No town/city/state has the same or lower crime levels than in the 80's and 90's. As the population growed and the economy soured, it was inevitable that crime would increase. I wish things were like the "80's" myself. We did not even have police officers in schools then. Our fine men and women of Greenville P.D. have a tough job in a city that has the problems similar to raleigh/cary with HALF of the resources to combat it. Regardless of the budget constraints, I feel like I can shop anywhere in Greenville minus the normal areas (Moye Woods & West Greenville). Anytime you mix alcohol, women, and pure ignorance you will have some problems! I can remember in the 90's there was ALWAYS a fist fight or brawl in the downtown area.
  • by native Location: nc on Jun 30, 2009 at 11:18 PM
    To the police chief: Greenville is not a safe place anymore. I grew up there in the 90's, and things were not like this. It has really gone downhill in the past ten years. I was mugged in Greenville in broad daylight two years ago in a public place. Talk about safe...
  • by What A joke Location: Charlotte on Jun 30, 2009 at 11:04 PM
    To call Downtown safe is a joke especially after hours for the kids that live above the old Buffalo Wild Wing, above Pita Pit or ne other housing in downtown area. Between my years 2001-2006 I had a gun to my face and about $60 takin from me, Brother diff occasion called me and said he a friend just got robbed down there and a few more friends i remember got guns pulled on them. After 2:30 all police have evacuated and if you live in those areas I would be very careful walking home even if its just from Pita Pitt to the Apts across from the cubbies parking lot. That 2 block walk is how my brother and friend got guns to there head. Its not safe by any means but thats were the action is so people will continue to take the risk and hope something like this never happens again.
  • by SBK Location: Belhaven on Jun 30, 2009 at 07:10 PM
    Sorry guys. I saw two people get shot at 5th and Reade in 1981. They both lived. There was also a murder in the early nineties near 5th and Cotanche over a cab. A cop also got shot in the leg in that one. There was also a murder in a restaurant called Harpers Palm Gardens in 1908. The victim was my great grandfather. He took the gun away from the shooter and shot him. Both of them died. This is nothing new. It's damn shame and a tragedy, but it's nothing new.
  • by Tony Location: Greenville NC on Jun 30, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    I to grew up in and around downtown Greenville in the 80's and the only thing the police ever had to worry about was lots of traffic and the music blasting out of the car radio's. Greenville has changed so much and it is not for the better in many cases. My prayers are with the families who lost loved ones.
  • by Home Slice Location: Washingtom, NC on Jun 30, 2009 at 05:56 PM
    I walked the same streets with all my friends back in the 80's and this never happened. The downtown area had a cool vibe for the most part. Fist fights? Yes. But this type of nonsense? My condolences to the family.
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