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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