One man on the run, one behind bars, one hospitalized after shooting

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - One man is behind bars and another is on the run after an early morning shooting in North Charleston.

Police are searching for 24-year-old Brandon Johnson, who they say is the attempted murder suspect is accused of pulling the trigger on 29-year-old Damico Shabazz Flowers. He was taken to MUSC with a gunshot wound.

Twenty-nine year-old Omar Anthony Johnson is already behind bars charged with accessory after the fact.

Investigators say the shooting happened just after 2:30 a.m. near the 4700 block of Talisman Street, which is right near Morningside Middle School.

For 27 years, Charlynne Smith says she has seen crime in the Ferndale subdivision go up and down. She's now president of the Ferndale Neighborhood Association and says the shooting in the neighborhood across the street has caught her attention.

"It's not good, but it's not an occurrence that happens like it did in the past. I think it's kind of an isolated incident. You're never going to stop the crime," Smith said.

North Charleston police say Flowers was found with a gunshot wound in the 4700 block Talisman Street, which is located in the Morningside neighborhood. Police say the victim told investigators he had been drinking all day and that a tall man with dreadlocks and a red shirt shot him.

Smith, the Neighborhood Association President, says in the past residents in Morningside combined their neighborhood association with residents in Ferndale, but that group has since dissolved. She says since Ferndale is back up and running both neighborhoods are invited to get involved.

"I think it's very important. Maybe we should create some kind of community watch. That definitely would be helpful," Morningside resident Ed Vaughn said.

Smith says she hopes residents in both neighborhoods get involved in neighborhood watch to help curb crime.

"If you come together as a whole for the neighborhood, I think that helps reduce crime because everyone is looking out for each other," Smith said.

Police say the suspect Brandon Johnson has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2005 that includes drug charges, weapons charges, resisting arrest, and burglary.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111

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