Several recommendations were made Monday to help make Columbia's Five Points area a safer place following the shooting of a University of South Carolina student who was an innocent bystander.
The family of 18-year-old USC freshman Martha Childress released a list of suggestions called “Martha's List.”
They include adding gun-detection dogs to the police patrols; additional surveillance cameras; more cooperation among city, county and campus law enforcement agencies; better enforcement of nuisance ordinances at problem bars; and shuttles from nearby colleges to and from Five Points.
Childress was hit by a stray bullet during gunfire while waiting for a taxi near the Five Points fountain.
The family also recommends a dress code in bars and restaurants in the popular entertainment district to help weed out gang-related clothing.
And there's a call for bond revocation when a criminal out on bond is arrested again, since the shooting suspect was a convicted felon who had been released despite multiple arrests this year.
At a separate forum on campus to get students' ideas, other safety recommendations included cutting down on loitering and issuing wrist bands to better control access to the area.