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Neighbors in Pee Dee community say they're living in fear due to recent shootings

WPDE Myrtle Beach/Florence 9/13/2022 Tonya Brown
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Recent shootings on "H" Street in the Alphabet Hill community just outside of Hartsville has some residents on edge.

Deputies responded to a shooting Monday night in the community where two homes were struck with bullets.

Officers said luckily no one was hurt in the shootings.

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One community member said people have been shooting in the neighborhood for more than 13 years.

The neighbor said they're all afraid to be in the community, especially at night.

"I fear for my life. I fear for anybody in the community. Because anybody could have gotten hurt. Anybody could have gotten killed. And it's time for these young men, or whatever is going on. To put the guns down."

Darlington County Sheriff James Hudson went to the scene Tuesday to talk with neighbors.

A release from Hudson said "About ten years ago, “Alphabet Hill” was plagued with drugs and gang activity, The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office with the help from Federal authorities, put together an operation where numerous individuals were arrested and charged with numerous drug and violent offenses. “Alphabet Hill” has been fairly quite until recently." 

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Many of the shootings date back to 2006, before Hudson was in office.

Hudson said every shell casing gathered from the homes will be sent to the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to be analyzed.

He added no one should have to live in fear and they plan to arrest everyone involved in the shootings.

Hudson said their task force is made up of criminal, gang and narcotics investigators to address the recent issues. 

The release added "Alphabet Hill is home to a lot of good people. Sheriff James Hudson Jr. and the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to making this community a safer place and will make every effort to see that this happens." 

You're asked to call the Darlington County Sheriff's Office if you have any information on the shootings at (843)-398-4501.

You can remain anonymous. 

Neighbors in Pee Dee community say they're living in fear due to recent shootings
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