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Police search for murder suspect, Stand Up Charleston focuses on West Ashley

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"There's people out there right now that know what happened in this murder this week, there's somebody out there right now that knows who shot Malcolm Jefferson," Charleston City Police Chief Greg Mullen said.

Building stronger relationships with the community is one thing the chief wants to come out of Saturday's community meeting with the College of Charleston, hoping to eliminate fear of speaking with police.

C of C is doing community based research to collect information from certain areas of the city and serve as a liaison to officials. They're calling it Stand Up Charleston. This study was focused on West Ashley before this week when 18-year-old Malcolm Jefferson was shot and killed on Forbes Avenue.

"Maybe some of the turnout could be because there was something that just happened and that's common, right? Your interests are peaked or you have more to say when something reminds you what's going on," Dr. Kendra Stewart said.

Although people aren't just looking to solve crime but also parking problems and infrastructure. Here to help are College of Charleston students.

"So they're using those skills they've developed in class to collect information from members of the community and then they're going to prepare a report and share that with the city to make some recommendations about what they've learned today from this session," Stewart said.

That kind of open dialogue is what Chief Mullen said helps police and neighbors stand shoulder to shoulder against the bad guys.

"We aren't going to put up with this anymore, we're tired of it, we're going to work collectively to make our communities safe and enjoyable for us to live in, raise our children, and not have to worry about some thug coming into our neighborhood and creating problems," Mullen said.

Saturday's Stand Up Charleston study was primarily looking at West Ashley but said they intend on expanding throughout the entire city of Charleston.

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