Summerville to look at police substation for Robynwyn neighborhood
SUMMERVILLE — A police substation might be the next move to try to stop shootings in the troubled Robynwyn neighborhood.
Town Councilman Aaron Brown today asked for the council’s public safety committee to discuss with Police Chief Bruce Owens the possibility of opening a substation in the community, because of increased violence. A shooting Wednesday was the latest in a string that has residents rallying for improvements.
The substation would be a first for the suburban town.
“Given what’s going on in that area we have to treat it a little differently,” Brown said. “A town is no better than its worst part.”
On Wednesday, four masked men kicked in the front door of a home on Myrtle Place about 10:30 a.m. Shots were fired, wounding one person. The four men are still sought by police.
The incident followed two shootings in October 2012 that brought together more than 1,000 Robynwyn and nearby Palmetto Place residents to try to stem the violence. Their request led police to install a system to notify residents by text or email if violence or another emergency erupts in that area.
The system is another first for the town.