Neighbors fear W. Ashley crime becoming common

By Nikki

CHARLESON, S.C. (WCIV) -- He was shot while sitting in his car in their neighborhood.{} Now homeowners who live in the Ardmore and Sherwood Forest subdivisions fear for their own lives. This comes after the death of 17-year-old Marley Lion.

Several neighbors told ABC News 4 that they hear gun shots so often they've become nearly immune to it.{} In fact, that's why Albert Robinson, says he didn't call 9-1-1 the night he and his wife heard the shots that killed Marley.

"She said, 'I heard shots. I heard shots,'" said Albertson recalling the night he and his wife were awakened by gunfire.

Robinson lives about seven blocks down from the parking where police found Marley Lion shot multiple times. The sound is one he says he's become too familiar with.

"The house behind me, this yellow house, I called police a week ago. Somebody unloaded a whole clip in that house--bam, bam, bam. Then all of sudden we heard screeching wheels," said Albertson.

In the last thirty days, his neighborhood has fallen prey to multiple cases of vandalism, drug deals, and property theft. He believes aspiring gang members are to blame.

"I don't go out at night anywhere. I have to keep everything locked down. People have tried to steal," said Albertson.

"At one point in time it was very comfortable to get out the car, go in the home without having to look around," said Cynthia Waddy who has called Mulberry Street in West Ashley home for more than thirty years.

She says West Ashley crime is becoming a rampant problem.

"On the other street over, a little kid got shot in yard about a year and a half ago, a couple of years ago, in his own yard!" she stated.

"I don't think it's safe at all," said Irma Hazel, a mother of three.

Hazel's youngest child is just seven-years-old. Hazel says she worries about the safety of her children on a daily basis .

"You should be able to let your kids out but how can you let your kids out if you don't trust the people around you," said Hazel.

With suspects out there wanted for the murder of a teen who had a bright future ahead of him, neighbors says it doesn't make them feel any safer.

"My heart goes out to the family and I hope they can capture whoever did it because it's so, so wrong," said Waddy.

Neighbors believe police are doing all they can to fight crime but often many homeowners say they fear calling police out of retaliation from criminals.

If you have any information on Marley Lion's death, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.