Uptown Businesses, Employees Feel Safe Despite Murder

It's serene and peaceful at Purple Blossom Yoga Studio in Uptown Greenville, but right outside a hectic murder scene unfolded.

"It is very sad," says Suzanne McCartney, the studio's owner. "Murder's always very sad."

Greenville police say 23-year-old Jamar Clark was murdered in the Five Points Plaza Parking Lot around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Despite the crime, McCartney says she feels safe Uptown.

"Mostly I feel safe around here and I come and go from here at all hours," McCartney says.

Next door at Wright School of Music, which just opened in May, owner Carol Wright says the murder doesn't make her second guess her Uptown location.

"I don't think it's a safety issue. I think it's a reality issue," says Wright. "I wouldn't be walking down the streets of my safe neighborhood at 2:30 in the morning."

Uptown employees also say the Five Points Plaza is well lit and equipped with cameras.

Police say the victim was a validated Bloods gang member, and that they believe it was a targeted attack.