Columbia, SC (WLTX) - University of South Caroliina President Harris Pastides says the school is reintroducing shuttle service between the campus and Five Points in an effort to improve safety.
Pastides sent a letter to students Thursday outlining his plans. The change comes in response to the recent shooting of 18-year-old Martha Childress in Five Points.
Her family says Childress was waiting on a cab when she was hit by a bullet fired by someone who wasn't even aiming at her.
In his note, Pastides said he hope to ease the problem of crowding in the entertainment district with the two shuttles, which will operate Friday and Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.
Dodie/Blatt Route: This shuttle will include pickup and drop off at The Dodie Academic Center and the Blatt P.E. Center
Capstone/Greek: This shuttle will include pickup and drop off at Capstone, the Russell House, and the Greek Village.
Both routes will drop off and pickup at the fountain in Five Points.
Pastides also said the school is working with local law enforcement to look at ways to improve safety in Five Points. He said the school will install extra call boxes and improved lighting on selected routes between Five Points and campus.
The Columbia Police Department is holding a news conference Friday about security in Five Points.