LAKE CITY, S.C. (WMBF) – Lake City police held a press conference Friday afternoon to discuss the recent shootings in the city that left two people dead and another person injured.
“This is gang-on-gang,” Chief Kipp Coker said. “We have a gang problem in Lake City.”
Coker noted there are over 300 gang members within the city. He added it was an issue before he took over as chief three years ago.
In response to the recent violence, authorities announced a juvenile curfew in Lake City that will begin at 12 a.m. on Jan. 4. According to police, any juvenile out past midnight without a good reason will be held responsible, as will their parents.
On Thursday, police responded to two shootings in Lake City, one of which turned deadly.
Officers were called around 6 p.m. Jan. 2 to the area of Rae and Lassie streets. According to authorities, one man was taken to the hospital for gunshot wounds and later died. The Florence County coroner identified the victim as 21-year-old Antwan McKnight, of Lake City. No arrests have been made in that deadly shooting.
Lake City police were also called earlier in the day to a shooting on Deep River and Moore streets. One man was shot in the leg in that case.
During Friday’s press conference, it was announced that 20-year-old Jacory Shay John Davis was arrested and charged with attempted murder and use of a weapon during a violent crime in connection with the non-deadly shooting.
More than a week earlier, on Christmas Eve, a shooting on Independence Avenue claimed the life of 25-year-old Akii McFadden, authorities said.