Timeline: High-profile cases focus spotlight on Five Points

hcahill@thestate.comOctober 15, 2013 

Violence in Five Points has been in the spotlight because of several high-profile cases in the popular nightlife district, including Sunday’s shooting of an 18-year-old USC student. Other crimes and police responses have included:

Aug. 27: A teen-ager is arrested for stabbing a Sharky’s Bar bouncer.

July 27: Two Group Therapy bouncers are stabbed after asking two men to leave the bar for inappropriate behavior.

May 2: Columbia police set up a substation in Five Points in response to the severe beating of 18-year-old Carter Strange in June 2011 as well as armed robberies of USC students.

April 16: A trio of masked men rob a group of female USC students at gunpoint as the students walk through Five Points. Police say they will increase their presence in the area.

Feb. 24: An 18-year-old is charged with two counts of attempted murder after he fires shots about 2 a.m. at a Columbia police officer and another man in the 800 block of Harden Street. No one is injured.

Feb. 17: Eight to 10 shots are fired in the 800 block of Harden Street after police break up a 2 a.m. brawl among 15 to 20 men at its intersection with Greene Street. No injuries are reported.

Sept. 28, 2012: Police respond to a call of shots fired at 7:30 p.m. on the 800 block of Harden Street. No injuries are reported.

Sept. 23, 2012: Multiple shots are fired about 1:15 a.m. in the 800 block of Harden Street. Police recover nine .40-caliber shell casings in a parking lot. One car is damaged.

July 21, 2012: A former Cook Out employee shoots and wounds a restaurant employee during a robbery.

Aug. 23, 2011: Five Points’ teen curfew becomes permanent. Increased police presence and surveillance cameras also are employed in an attempt to crack down on crime.

Oct. 8, 2011: After the occupants of two cars get into an argument; multiple shots are fired in the 900 block of Harden Street. A car is damaged but no one is hurt.

June 20, 2011: 18-year-old Carter Strange is beaten while going home by a group of eight teenagers. Columbia police respond by assigning 10 to 15 officers to enforce a temporary curfew banning those 16 and younger from Five Points between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Sept. 12, 2010: Multiple shots are fired near College and Harden streets while nearly a dozen people are fighting. No one is injured. Two are arrested.

July 24, 2010: A bystander is wounded during a 3 a.m. shooting spree in the 700 block of Harden Street.

May 23, 2010: One person is shot in the leg while standing on Harden Street.

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