Detectives try to piece together facts in James Island shootout

Hosea Harris
Hosea Harris

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JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Detectives in Charleston County are still trying to figure out what happened before and during a shootout on James Island Wednesday night.

"Basically we had a running gun battle," said Maj. John Clark.

Half a block of Seaside Lane on James Island was littered with more than 20 shell casings after a shootout Wednesday night.

According to Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. John Clarks, four men were shot at around 8:40 p.m. in front of 1026 Seaside Lane.

Hosea Harris was shot in the chest arm and ankle; Thomas Prioleau was shot in the buttocks and leg; Paul Rivers Jr. was shot in the lower back; and Troy Stuckey, Jr. was shot in the elbow. One of them was shot six times and was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, Clark said.

Clark says one of the victims is facing charges from another crime. Hosea Harris is charged with assault with intent to kill for a shooting that took place in March at the Key Club.

"They all were from this area and all knew each other," said Clark.

The crime scene stretched more than 30 yards

Clark says they don't have a motive yet but this could be connected to other crimes in the area over the last year.

"In this general vicinity, we've had a number of incidents that have occurred, weapons, things like that; we're gonna try to piece that together see what's going on," said Clark.

Detectives are going door to door to make that happen.

"We're getting help from the neighbors- none of the victims are cooperating," said Clark.

Deputies are also looking for a green Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable which they think could possibly be involved in the shooting.

Wednesday night, investigators talked to neighbors with hopes of identifying more suspects.

"There is a lot of shots," Clark said, which is evidence there was a shootout.

Many residents of Seaside Lane stood outside their homes wondering what exactly unfolded.

One woman who did not want to give her name said the shooting was likely the result of neighborhood turf wars.

Resident Sarah Ladson says she wasn't at home at the time of the shooting but when she got home she found her front door had been shattered by gunshots. She says her family was home at the time of the shooting.

"My grandchildren were in the house and my husband -- anything could've happened," said Ladson.

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