Columbia Police Chief Addresses 5 Pts. Shooting

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By Rob Dew
By Crandall Sims

Columbia, SC (WOLO) - Around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning dozens of party-goers in Five Points were caught on camera running for their lives.

In surveillance video, released by Columbia Police, an officer, wearing a yellow rain coat, can be seen trying to make an arrest. That's when police say he and the person being arrested were forced to duck for cover from bullets fired by 18 year old Shiquan Cwiklinksi.  Cwiklinksi has since been charged with 2 counts of Attempted Murder.

"The victim in this case is a Columbia Police Officer," says Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott

At the time of the shooting 20 officers were on patrol, Chief Randy Scott says that's double the number of officers this time last year.

But, Scott says, the increase does not take away from the city as a whole.

This weekend's shooting is the latest in a string of shootings to plague Five Points and one that has officials speaking out.

"Anyone who comes to Five Points to cause trouble, you are not welcome in our backyard," says Moe Baddourah, City Councilman

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says the real problem is repeat offenders.

Policey say Cwiklinksi was out on bond for two previous attempted murder charges before this weekend's shooting.

"A very small group of thugs are victimizing residents across our state," says Benjamin

"What is it going to take? Someone getting killed before he gets a no bond?," says Scott

Chief Scott says the arrest in this case was made within 24 hours of the shooting, however he says this case isn't completely solved and more arrests could be made.

 

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