Columbus residents concerned for violence in area, compare apartments to 'Chicago crime'

Columbus residents concerned for violence in area, compare apartments to 'Chicago crime'
Elizabeth Canty Apartments (Source: WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - "It's just always something going on over here," says a concerned resident of the Elizabeth Canty Apartments in Columbus.

Less than 24 hours ago, Columbus police responded to a shooting at the Elizabeth Canty apartments, also called Elizabeth Canty Homes, on Cusseta Road. When officers arrived they discovered a man in critical condition appearing to have been shot in the arm.

Residents say these type of shootings happen all too often in the complex.

"I don't feel safe at all. There's always a shooting if it's not a shooting then it's always fighting," says resident Sonsire Burris.

"And I'm from Chicago…"

Burris says she's lived at Elizabeth Canty Apartments for over a year, "I moved down here because I thought it was a safer place…and obviously, it's not."

"It's real violent... It's almost the same," says Burris.

Burris says she fears for her and her children's safety with the violence in the area.

"It's not a good place to raise children," says Burris. "I hardly let my kids play outside anymore."

The Elizabeth Canty Apartments are no stranger to reported shootings.

Early March police say a 12-year-old boy was injured during an evening shooting at the apartments. The boy shot in the chest and chin area. No suspects were named in that shooting.

Also, less than one year ago, a July shooting left a 25-year-old man shot three times at the complex near a dumpster.

One resident described the July shooting to News Leader 9,  "He went back there in the vehicle, and when he got out of the vehicle, they got into an altercation, and all I heard was a gunshot."

Residents say something needs to change.

"I feel like there needs to be some kind of security intact here," suggested Burris.

The assistant manager on site of the Elizabeth Canty Apartments declined to comment on the recent shootings or the possibility of security in the area.

"Most of the stuff that's going on, it's not necessarily the people that live here it's the company they keep or the people they hang out with," says Burris.

No suspects have been named in the June 5, 2018 shooting and the victim was last listed in serious condition.

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