USC warns students about Five Points area

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The University of South Carolina is warning students that an entertainment district near campus is not safe after midnight.

The warning Tuesday comes after a female student was shot and wounded last weekend.

The school did not tell its 31,000 students to stay away from the bars, restaurants and shops in the Five Points neighborhood in Columbia.

USC president Harris Pastides talked with city officials Tuesday about how to the make the area safer.

Pastides says USC students play a vital economic role for the Five Points area. But he said Tuesday the area is not safe for people after midnight.

Columbia police set up a substation in the district in May. Authorities also added patrols and surveillance cameras, and made a teen curfew permanent in 2011.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)


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