Mt. Pleasant police charge second man in murder

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Mt. Pleasant police arrested one man Wednesday and charged a second man Thursday in connection to a March 11 shooting at a condominium complex. Police said they are still searching for other suspect and the investigation is ongoing.

James Gerald Pinckney Jr. was charged Thursday. Pinckney was found in the Berkeley County Jail where he had been incarcerated on unrelated charges.

Adrian Keith Beaton, 20, was taken into police custody Wednesday morning and charged with the murder of Oscar Giron-Hernandez.

Investigators also responded to the residences of Beaton and Pinckney and executed a search warrant.

Police were initially searching for three men after talking with witnesses at the scene of the murder. The shooting happened shortly before 12:30 p.m. March 11 at the Marsh Grass Condominiums at Ben Sawyer Boulevard and Center Street.

When police arrived on the scene, they found one man's lifeless body inside a condo. The Charleston County Coroner's office has identified the man as 33-year-old Giron-Hernandez of North Charleston.

A second shooting victim was found down the street with a gunshot wound to her chest. Police said that woman ran from the scene after being shot. She was transported to the Medical University Hospital for treatment where she remains in stable condition.

A third victim was injured during an assault at the complex. He was taken to East Cooper Hospital for medical evaluation and treatment. He was released from the facility shortly after.

A car belonging to one of the victims was towed from the scene of the shooting, but police have not pinpointed a motive for the violence.

So far, police have not named a suspect or made any arrests in the incident.

Police searched a vehicle a few blocks away from the shooting and took a man into custody for traffic violations. It's not known if the arrest was related to the shootings.

According to a spokeswoman with the school district, Moultrie Middle, Whiteside Elementary and Mt. Pleasant Academy were placed on lockdown as a precaution. Students were released at their regular dismissal time.

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