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Police Cams Don’t Capture Attempted Murder in Downtown Greenville

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Greenville police said a driver dragged a pedestrian down the sidewalk, leaving him for dead at the crosswalk of Main Street and McBee Avenue. Greenville police said a driver dragged a pedestrian down the sidewalk, leaving him for dead at the crosswalk of Main Street and McBee Avenue.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -

No city surveillance cameras were at a busy intersection in downtown Greenville to record an attempted murder early Wednesday morning.

Greenville police said a driver dragged a pedestrian down the sidewalk, leaving him for dead at the crosswalk of Main Street and McBee Avenue.

“These cameras were put in several years ago when all these businesses were not already on Main Street. And that's definitely being looked at now," said Greenville Police Officer Johnathan Bragg.

Bragg said this case underlines the need for the eight new multi-camera units the city ordered that give officers a 360-degree view. You may have seen the prototype the city has been testing in Falls Park since December.

The city bought them as part of Greenville's $800,000 downtown security reform announced in the fall. Greenville police have also hired eight new officers to patrol downtown as part of the reform. The city's main parks are now closed from 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Bragg said the city has been looking through police reports for problem areas where cameras would be most effective.

“We'll look at statistics from the police department side and see, is this an area that we really need the cameras? Is this an area we need a deterrent maybe?" said Bragg.

The new cameras were supposed to be installed last month but Kai Nelson, the city’s Office of Management and Budget director, said it’s behind schedule. He said the cameras are ready to go, but the poles they'll be attached to haven’t arrived yet.

Nelson said the city’s new goal is to have all the cameras in place by the end of April.

Chief Terri Wilfong said if you see a crime happening, don't rely on surveillance cameras to capture it.

“Everybody has a phone nowadays. So when you see something like that, turn the phone on and start capturing video or taking pictures of it because that helps us tremendously," said Wilfong.

Just down the street from where the hit-and-run happened, Bellacino's Pizza and Grinders manager Nathan Jerkins said he still feels safe downtown.

“I've never had a concern at any time that I've worked here in the seven years that I've been working here,” said Jerkins.

Still, the restaurant gives its staff on the late-night shift special training in case of emergency.

Wilfong said the victim in this crime was targeted, not randomly attacked. She said the two knew each other before the crime.

The pedestrian is now in stable condition.

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