Campus Edge landlord increasing security following death of tenant

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Security at Campus Edge, an off-campus apartment complex near USC Upstate, is back in the spotlight amid a homicide investigation into the death of a student that lived there. 

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office tells 7News there are no new details about the ongoing investigation into the death of 22-year-old Evan Gaines. 

“It’s kind of hard to study when you’re sitting at your window and you hear gunshots outside,” said Jordan Rossen, a resident of Campus Edge Apartments.  

Rossen and his girlfriend, Paige Eschete, tells 7News gunfire is not a sound they want to hear anywhere near their apartment. 

Both students signed a lease at Campus Edge, so they could be closer to campus and their classes. 

Rossen says after learning about Gaines –  a USC Upstate students and resident of Campus Edge who was taken from his apartment to the hospital for a gunshot wound where he died on Tuesday night – he is ready to break their lease and move out. 

“Do you feel safe living there?” Asked 7New Reporter Stefany Bornman. 

“After 2 days? Not so much, but before that, I would say yeah,” Rossen told 7News. 

Investigators have yet to say if Gaines was shot on the Campus Edge property. 

According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office since 2007, there’s been 465 incident reports filed by different Campus Edge tenants for a slew of offenses. 

Lt. Kevin Bobo tells 7News the number of calls for service is probably much higher than that. 

In October of 2018, Spartanburg deputies responded to Campus Edge apartments for a robbery. 

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A year before that, in July 2017 deputies responded to the complex for a shooting. 

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“We’ve taken measures up to this point to ensure safety and we will take further measures going forward,” James Martin, CFO of Upstate Property Rentals, told 7News. 

Upstate Property Rentals owns and manages Campus Edge Apartments. 

Martin tells 7News they have more than 20 security cameras on the property. That’s in addition to the 2 security officers that live there. 

“Apparently it’s not enough of a deterrent,” said Rossen. 

Martin says to give tenants, many of which are students, and their families peace of mine they plane to adopt more security measures. 

“We will be putting in more cameras,” Martin told 7News. “I’m sure there are blind spots, as in any security system. That’s the thing we are working to rectify now.”

Martin says they do extensive background checks on all applicants and they don’t approve anyone with a criminal history. He tells 7News by the end of the week they hope to have several security officers patrolling the property in the evenings. 

As of Thursday evening, no one has been arrested in the death of Gaines. 

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