After the second shooting near a nightclub in two weekends, neighbors living around the clubs tell 7 On Your Side, they’d like to see them close down.
Janet Keller lives about a block from Marvon’s place, where last weekend deputies said Anderson security guard Joey Ryan Johnson shot into a truck and killed India Lomax and hit the passenger Willis Donald in the arm. Deputies said it happened as they were leaving the club.
“Every night this place is open, there’s gun shots, every night,” she said.
Keller said she thinks her safety is as much at risk living in the neighborhood nearby, as it would be if she was there.
“ I came out here one morning and there were shell casings outside of my house. I’m afraid if it comes through the trailer, it’s going to hit somebody,” said Keller.
The Honea Path Police Chief reports another shooting, at the Time Out Bar and Lounge left Broadus White Junior dead.
A neighbor across the street said she knew the shooter and the victim and they’ve dealt with rowdy crowds and loud music before. A shooting, however, they said far more serious.
“Sometimes the law comes and they scatter, for my sake they need to close them down,” said Vivian Brownley.
Anderson County deputies said a number of things make these hangouts more dangerous. The establishments pack in hundreds of people in some cases and when you add alcohol and people with weapons, it can be a deadly combination.
Deputies said many nightclubs hire private security and deputies patrol the area nearby regularly as part of their normal patrols. 7 On Your Side asked officials if having shootings on back to back weekends, at nightclubs, was a trend they’ve seen in the county?
Deputies said while it’s not “average” to see shootings like this there, they typically have a handful of shootings quarterly in the county. Some of the calls are from nightclubs.
About 90 percent of them are people shooting in the air not at people.
“I’ll be careful because a stray bullet don’t know nobody,” said Vivian Brownley.
Janet Keller said she has called the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office multiple times and would like to see the club calm down. She said she’d like a life that doesn’t revolve around a nightclub.
Some neighbors said they’d like to take the issue to county council to see if other areas are seeing a problem.