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Horry County Police look at gang education to curb Longs shootings

LONGS, SC (WMBF) - With nine serious shootings in Longs since the beginning of the year, Horry County Police are evaluating what they can do to prevent more from happening.

"That's a lot of shootings for an area that, it's not that densely populated up there that you would expect that kind of activity," said Lt. Raul Denis, of the Horry County Police Department. "But yet there seems to be a lot of trouble up there and we're looking at different ways to deal with it."

The conversation comes after an 18-year-old was shot and killed at the Party Shop on Highway 90 in Longs early Saturday morning. All four suspects are now in custody.

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Four of Horry County's seven homicides for the year have been in the Longs area. Lt. Denis said it's likely linked to increased gang activity.

"The investigations that we've had up there have sooner or later turned up to people who have claimed gang affiliation in one form or another so it is a problem up there," he said.

Horry County Police are talking about using community meetings and gang education to stop the gang problem before more young people get killed.

"We've never actually targeted it, so now we're having to work our way through it," Lt. Denis said.

Another option is to prove the clubs and bars where shootings have happened recently are a public nuisance. The police would have to make a recommendation to the Horry County Solicitor to try to get a business shut down. Although Lt. Denis said the police department hasn't decided if it'll be going that route to curb these shootings, it's a possibility.

"We can't have operations going on that establishments like this functioning when the end result is violent crime like it has been in the past here," he said.

Some people in the area said shutting down the establishments could be the fastest way to solve the gang and shooting trends.

"When people gather together and there's drugs and alcohol involved then there's going to be a problem," said Frankie Vereen.

Others said people will always find somewhere else to go.

"Instead of the Party Shop, it'll be the club down the road," said Angel Corey. "I tell my kids don't go to any of these places because you never know what's going to happen."

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