A South Carolina town that has been the scene of street violence and drive-by shootings has hired a consultant to help repair its image.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that Walterboro, a town of 5,800 people in Colleton County just off Interstate 95, has hired a public relations consultant from Charleston.
The county has seen a surge in gun violence in recent months. On Wednesday, the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division will hold an open house at its new regional office in Walterboro, which will give the agency a permanent presence in the area.
Three people, including a 20-month old toddler, were killed last November in a drive-by shooting that wounded six others. In January, a woman was hit in the hand and head in another drive-by shooting.
Mayor Bill Young said city and county officials have been fielding calls from around the state from people wondering if Walterboro has turned into a lawless city.