Five Points Patrols


By Rochelle Dean


Columbia police have mounted cameras on just about every corner of the entertainment district, even beefed up police patrols, but this past weekend several fights police say involved up to 20 people led to gunfire.
Events that are now driving some patrons to other areas to hang out.

Out for a night on the town, Curtis Epps says he witnessed the mayhem unfold. Beer bottles being thrown, several fights happening at the same time at the intersection of Harden and Greene streets, then gunfire. According to police, 8 to 10 rounds.

Although police say they did not have any reports of serious injuries during this past weekends incident it has some residents wondering if there is anything that can be done to solve the issue.

Epps says police have done everything they can do to make the area as safe as possible and he blames a few bad apples for spoiling the fun for a bunch.

Five points association says they're on constant communication with Columbia Police to find ways to resolve issues in the district. This as we approach the annual St. Patrick's Day events that draws thousands each year.

Officials say, as in years past, they plan to have more than a hundred officers manning the March 16th event.
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