Former North Charleston Mayor dead

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A former mayor of North Charleston shot and killed himself following an altercation in Mt. Pleasant Thursday night.

Mt. Pleasant police responded to the shooting in Edgewater Plantation shortly before midnight.  Police say that former North Charleston Mayor Bobby Kinard entered a residence where his wife, Susan Kinard, was asleep with Terry Portier.  The Kinards have been separated for about three weeks.  Susan Kinard told investigators Mr. Kinard pulled her out of bed and out of the room.  Former Mayor Kinard then returned to the bedroom where he shot Portier twice in the shoulder and then left the residence.

The report of shots fired was called in by a private investigator hired by Mr. Kinard.  The investigator had been at the residence to videotape the actions of Mrs. Kinard.

As police arrived on-scene, they passed a green pickup truck that matched the description of Mr. Kinard's vehicle.  When police stopped the truck, Mr. Kinard turned the gun on himself and fired.  Officers found Mr. Kinard slumped over in the vehicle.  Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten confirmed Mr. Kinard died from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Portier was then transferred to a MUSC for his injuries.

Bobby Kinard served as a state representative for four years before being elected Mayor of North Charleston in 1991.  Kinard served in that office until 1994.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey issued the following statement:

"We are very sorry to hear of the untimely death of Mayor Bobby Kinard.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.  As a former mayor of North Charleston, we will provide his family any and all services and assistance needed in this difficult time.  In his honor, flags will be flown at half-staff."

Kinard was 64 years old at the time of his death.

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