4 men arrested for unlawful carrying, possession of stolen handgun

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Four men were arrested early Monday morning in connection to shots fired at DoubleTree Suites hotel in downtown Charleston.

Charleston police arrested John Darris Little, 29, of Fort Drive, Hanahan; Darrell Jenor Morton, 21, of Pandora Drive, Goose Creek; Gregory Montaeous Parks, 23, of Althea Avenue, North Charleston; and William Clifford Wylder, 21, of Suzanne Drive, North Charleston. All four men were charged with unlawful carrying of a handgun and possession of a stolen handgun.

Charleston police officers responded to 181 Church St. at 2 a.m. Monday in reference to witness reports that a black male fired several rounds out of the passenger window of a black vehicle. Witnesses told police the vehicle fled toward Meeting Street after approximately five shots were fired.

According to police, patrol units parked at the Meeting Street exit to Interstate 26 and at the Meeting Street entrance to Highway 17 in an effort to locate the vehicle. At approximately 2:05 a.m., officers observed a black 1998 Cadillac Deville occupied by four black males. The car was traveling extremely slow, north on Meeting Street. Charleston police initiated an traffic stop with suspicions that the occupants were possibly engaged in criminal activity.

The occupants of the vehicle were detained after officers observed a loaded pistol magazine in plain view on the back left passenger seat. A K-9 unit was used to search the vehicle and as a result, police were able to recover two black pistols, a shotgun and ammunition.

Because one of the pistols was reported stolen by North Charleston police and was within reach of each offender in the vehicle, the four men were arrested and charged with unlawful carrying of a handgun and possession of a stolen handgun.

All suspects were transported to the Charleston County Detention Center.

Two of the men were wanted on other charges. Little has an outstanding warrant with the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office for check forgery and Morton has an outstanding warrant with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office for possession of marijuana.

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