Victim identified in West Ashley homicide

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Police have released the name of the man gunned down in a West Ashley neighborhood on Tuesday.

The Charleston Police Department said on Wednesday that the victim is 25-year-old James Javon Smith.

According to investigators, the shooting happened around 4:50 p.m. at a home on St. Clair Drive, which is a near a playground. Authorities say Smith was driven to Saint Andrews Fire Department on Ashley River Road where he died.

Residents in the neighborhood say most of the people who live in the neighborhood are either retired or senior citizens.

"I have been here since the 90's, but now there are quite a bit of rental properties in the neighborhood," one neighbor said.

He says the homicide is a sign of the times.

"It's the times people use to leave their doors open now they lock up," he said. "You never know what to expect you just have to be more protective now."

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