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Neighbors concerned after three shootings in and around Lancaster

The most recent incident occurred Tuesday night when investigators said Yusuf Abdus-Salaam, 32, was shot and killed outside a home on Hampton Road. (Kyle Connolly | WBTV) The most recent incident occurred Tuesday night when investigators said Yusuf Abdus-Salaam, 32, was shot and killed outside a home on Hampton Road. (Kyle Connolly | WBTV)
LANCASTER, SC (WBTV) -

Investigators in and around Lancaster have their hands full after three shootings on three consecutive nights. The most recent incident occurred Tuesday night when investigators said Yusuf Abdus-Salaam, 32, was shot and killed outside a home in the 300 block of Hampton Road.

The Lancaster Police Department is investigating the case, but said so far detectives have no information to suggest the crime is tied to two other shootings that occurred just outside city limits Sunday and Monday.

Sunday night, Devone Frazier, 30, was found shot and killed in the 900 block of 13th Street. Deputies later announced Kenneth Jerome Hood Jr, 19, was charged with murder in Frazier's death. 

Monday night, two men were injured in a shooting that deputies said occurred near Yancy Street and Williams Estates Drive. No arrests have been made in connection with that shooting. LPD and the LCSO continued to share information late Wednesday.

"Just like any other town we have our fair share of things that go on, but back to back to back like this has happened, it's not normally something we'd see," said Captain Dwayne Davis with the Lancaster Police Department.

On Hampton Road, a "crime watch" sticker is on Bennie Elder's door. When she looked outside Tuesday night, she found her street had become headquarters for the latest homicide investigation.

"It's scary, we've never had this before," Elder said.

Elder raised several children at her Hampton Road home, including her daughter Gwendolyn Elder, who said the once-quiet street has become busy with drugs and illegal activity.

"It makes me afraid for her, that they might come up here and still something and she's in here, I'm afraid for her life," Gwendolyn Elder said.

Ernestine James heard about the two other shootings this week, and didn't expect the third to be right in front of her house. She said she didn't hear the shots.

"It's just heartbreaking. I couldn't sleep last night," James said.

Neighbors told WBTV there were lots of families with children on Hampton Road. There is also a nearby school. Angela Porter knew Abdus-Salaam and said he had a child of his own.

"I think he was trying to turn his life around, you know and he had kids and I just hate it for the kids that he left behind," Porter said.

Porter is just hopeful the gunfire stops, after seeing crimes creep closer to home in the past couple of days.

"We're killing ourselves over foolishness, and something needs to be done and that's why I pray that they catch whoever did this," said Porter.

Frazier, the victim in Sunday's shooting, had previously been convicted of murder, but had his case overturned by the state court of appeals, according to online records. Frazier had been granted a new trial.

Investigators encouraged anyone with information to call the sheriff's office or police department.

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