Some Stand Ready For More Violence, Others Hope It Will Stop

Greenville Police are busy dealing with four shootings in five days. Residents near where they happened are on guard.

The latest shooting happened Tuesday night on Fleming Street where a man was shot on a neighbor's front porch. Police say 18-year-old Shikim Alston was on the porch of his neighbors home when a shot struck him in the back. He's in good condition in the hospital. And as is the case with all of the shootings over the past several days--there are no suspects in custody.

92-year-old J.D. Spruill lives near where that shooting happened. He's been the victim of a robbery and now stands ready. "No I wasn't scared. I was sitting right here with my weapon in my pocket. I've got a permit to carry concealed."

Fleming street has seen its share of violence in the past. A shooting there in October of 2006 resulted in the death of 23-year-old Dondre Bynum.

Another resident, James Chapman, hopes the violence will end. "I'd like to see the community come together collectively and work with a lot of the issues we have in the neighborhood--including the kids." Spruill says, "I would like to see things get back pleasant, and normal as they used to be--which I don't think will happen--maybe it will--I'd love to see that."

Greenville police say they are investigating all of the shootings separately.


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