There were fights and shootings in our park," said Norway Mayor Jim Preacher. "Three or four times a week we'd get a call about firearms being discharged." "By the grace of God no one's been killed," he said. "It's like this because we don't have a police department," said resident Herbert Reed. "We need someone to come out here and patrol more often."
Reed and the other residents of Norway have been without a police department for almost a year.
It's almost gotten to the point where it's almost lawless," said Reed.
Reed said Orangeburg County Sheriff's deputies patrol the area but not nearly enough. He said the loud music throughout the night, gunfire, speeding, and drug activity make many residents feel unsafe.
"We had a shooting next door about three months ago," said Reed. "They shot up my neighbor's house."
Mayor Preacher and the town council say they're working to reinstate the police force.