Shootings put Conway on edge

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Two violent shootings in the span of two weeks sets the City of Conway off to a rocky start for the new year, and has some people in the river town wondering if their town is garnering a new reputation.

"Drive-by shootings, shootings in the neighborhood, drug activity, those are all common here," said Conway Housing Authority Executive Director Sherry Joyner.

Joyner says violent crimes in Conway, like Monday afternoon's shooting which left one man in critical condition, or the December 27th, 2012 murder of 53 year-old Dwayne Gaghum, is spilling over from a handful of neighborhoods like Huckabee Heights.

Huckabee Heights is no stranger to violence. After a string of shootings in the complex in August, Joyner said the Housing Authority hired off-duty Conway Police officers to patrol the area, but says the program has had little success in curbing crime.

"We're not getting the reports we need to straighten the place out," Joyner said. "We have to have police reports in order to evict somebody if they're charged with a crime."

Joyner said she's trying to raise the stakes now to fight crime in the neighborhood, but getting proof directly.

"Hopefully our board will approve it Thursday night," she said. "We'll start installing security cameras."

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