Police still searching for men involved in apartment shootout
Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:22:37 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Surveillance video from the Columbia Police Department shows people hiding behind buildings and a person jumping around with what appears to be a gun, just feet from people's homes.
In one of those homes a 4-year-old girl was watching T-V when she was critically injured by one of the bullets from that shootout.
"It hits you like dang that could've been somebody I know or it could've been my little one or my little sister," said one the neighbor.
"Very angry at the fact that individuals these street thugs would decide to such an act in broad daylight," said Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago.
One neighbor tells wach fox that it sounded like 1,000 bullets flying outside his back door.
"You better get down a bullet don't have no name man... and see how a 4 year old got hit," said Simmons.
The Colony Apartments is no stranger to crime.
According to a crime analysis report obtained by WACH Fox news, in the past three years there have been two murders at the colony, both in 2011.
During the past two years the area has had more than 20 assaults and burglaries.
"Once you come into, turn into this apartment complex it's a whole new world out here man," said one neighbor.
Wednesday police arrested Marcus Gantt on several charges including attempted murder.
The following day a judge denied bond for Gantt and investigators announced they searching for another man 21-year-old Laquan Natt.
Police say this shooting was gang related.
Investigators say the key to solving crimes is community involvement and they stress if you have any information about this shooting or any crimes to call police.
They say you if you wish to remain anonymous you can call 9-1-1 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC.