Police plea for help solving weekend murders

CHARLSTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police are seeking the public's help in gathering information to solve two deadly shootings that happened in downtown Charleston Saturday.

Mayor Joe Riley and Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen held a press conference about the two incidents and told community members they have some leads, but still need their help solving the crimes.

They believe neighbors know something and saw what happened Saturday. Police said they simply can't solve these murders and bring justice until someone steps forward to offer information.

"So, please if those individuals that we know in the community have information about who committed the crimes, the types of vehicles and other evidence that we need to solve these crimes, we would implore you to come forward," Mullen said.

Mullen said the first murder, which occurred Saturday afternoon, appeared to be drug-related. Police aren't sure if drugs were involved in the second murder. Mullen and Riley pleaded for the public's help in solving these murders.

"We have assets available to us, that should we need to offer protection to anyone who has information about these two murders we would be in a position to do that," Mullen said.

Despite both having addresses in North Charleston and each having long arrest records, police have not been able to link the victims, 28-year-old Jamar Gathers and 36-year-old Darron Heyward.

On Saturday afternoon, Gathers was fatally shot around 4 p.m. at the Bridgeview Village housing project on North Romney Street. He was found by police lying in a pool of blood in a breezeway at the complex.

The second victim, Heyward, was fatally shot multiple times at Nassau and Woolfe streets, less than just two miles away from the first murder. The shooting happened shortly before 9 p.m. about a block from a busy corner of Meeting Street where there is a restaurant and a gas station.

Anyone with information about these killings should call Charleston detectives at: 720-2401 or call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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