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Some say 'block parties' pose danger in Union Co.

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Chadrick Johnson appears before a judge for a bond hearing. (Aug. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina) Chadrick Johnson appears before a judge for a bond hearing. (Aug. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina)
The Corner Pocket on Jonesville-Lockhart Highway in Union. (Aug. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina) The Corner Pocket on Jonesville-Lockhart Highway in Union. (Aug. 13, 2012/FOX Carolina)
UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Union County teenager is dead and a second is recovering after a shooting in Buffalo, another shooting some say is connected to dangerous block parties held in the county.

Union County deputies have charged Chadrick Johnson, 23, of Carlisle with murder. He was denied bond in court Monday.

Johnson was arrested in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Dequan Jones. Jones was pronounced dead at Wallace Thomson Hospital on Sunday. The second shooting victim's name has not been released, but is expected to survive.

The shooting happened on Lukesville Road about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. 

Sheriff David Taylor said the homicide took place at what he called a "block party." It's the same kind of gathering where shots were fired on Aug. 5 at a party at The Corner Pocket.

No one was hurt in that shooting, but four men were arrested on attempted murder, weapons and drug charges.

Neighbors spoke out to FOX Carolina following the first shooting, saying that they felt The Corner Pocket should be shut down. They said the facility is dangerous to the community and they no longer feel safe.

Taylor also said block parties, like ones held at The Corner Pocket, have become a nuisance to the community.

The Corner Pocket is not a club, it's a facility that the owner rents out to those who want to host parties.

Owner James Eison told FOX Carolina his building is not a danger to the community, but after the Aug. 5 shooting, he'll be making some changes there.

"In a way, I was glad it happened," said Eison. "In a way I hated it happened because it happened at my place."

Eison said he's thankful no one was injured in the shooting outside his facility last week and that the suspects landed behind bars. He also said the shooting was in no way his fault.

"It wasn't inside, it was outside in the road in the highway," said Eison.

He said he rents out the facility for birthdays, Thanksgiving dinners and all kinds of parties. He said he never knew the neighborhood had a problem with The Corner Pocket.

"The police might call and say the music is too loud, something like that," said Eison. "But neighbors, I never heard nothing from them."  

Taylor said the kind of block party that was at The Corner Pocket the night of the shooting is a danger.

"It's gotten to the point that safety of people at these parties are at risk," said Taylor. "See young people go to these parties and guns always seem to be there."

So Eison said he's ready to make changes to the type of parties he allows here.

"The only way you can have a party is with having security, that's the only way I will let somebody have a party," said Eison. "No security, no party."

The sheriff's office said that a law enforcement presence could make a real difference in the amount of crime at a block party, but it's one that not everybody is going to like.

"Once you start doing that, the parties go away," said Taylor. "You have less parties so that's bad for the people who want to have the party, but it's not bad for law enforcement."

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