CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The King and Ann Street area has seen an assault and a shooting in the last couple of weeks, so Charleston Police are increasing patrols in that area,
Beginning Thursday, Charleston Police are boosting the amount of patrols that service the area of upper King, Ann street and King street.
The hustle and bustle of late night downtown Charleston quickly turned into panic Monday morning after police say a man fired several shots, hitting a nearby business window, a police car, and a person’s car.
Daniel Brinker, the owner of Dudley’s on Ann, a well-known gay bar downtown says the shots went off right by his bar.
“It happened right after 2 a.m., we had just locked our doors,” Brinker said. “We let a few people who were terrified back in.”
No injuries were reported, but police say they found 14 shell casings. They are still searching for the suspect.
The shooting happened a little over 2 weeks after a transgender woman was attacked in the same are. Police say Christopher Lamar Price, 30, confronted the woman about her gender, and then knocked her unconscious.
Lieutenant Heath King, commands the central business district. He said police are increasing their patrols near upper King street, King and Ann street for everyone’s safety.
“The goal is to root out any problems that we find that’s causing these issues,” King said. “We want people to feel safe in that area to continue patronizing that area.”
Businesses off of Ann street say they’re looking forward to the boost in patrols.
“The more police presence, the better it is for people coming in and out of the bars and restaurants, but also our tourists,” DECO nightclub attorney, David Aylor said.
“I think it’ll be helpful, but I think rather than presence coming forward, it’d be what they do after an incident happens,” Brinker said.
King did not say the exact number of officers being added, but he said an emphasis on the heightened patrols will be during the time bars and clubs close, between 12:30 a.m. and 3 a.m.
“We’re ramping up staff to work on the challenges we have going on in that area,” King said.
Police say they are hoping to temper late night bar hoppers who may be looking for trouble, ultimately hoping to avoid anymore assaults and shootings.
Police say the increased patrols will last for the next few weeks.