WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied Tuesday for a 34-year-old man suspected of murdering a woman in West Ashley while she was washing dishes in her kitchen.
The Charleston Police Department charged Arthur F. Peterson with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime Monday.
The shooting happened at 10:53 a.m. on Taborwood Circle, which is in the Orleans Woods neighborhood. According to the victim's family, the woman, 44-year-old Gwendolyn Fields, was shot three times.
According to investigators, two police officers were at the residence prior to the shooting. The officers were responding to another incident at the home when one of the officers heard three gunshots and saw Peterson come out of the kitchen, police say.
Peterson was then told to drop his gun, a 9mm glock, and was arrested. A police report states that Fields was found on the kitchen floor and transported to MUSC where she died a short time later.
Larry Fields, the victim's brother, said that Peterson had been coming by the house to check on the victim's niece. Fields said the man got upset with the way the victim was taking care of her seriously ill daughter.
According to Fields, Peterson called police and while officers were elsewhere, the suspect allegedly pulled out a gun and fired three shots into the victim's back.
"The gun was so loud it scared the living heck out of my mama and all of the parties who live in the house," Larry Fields said.
According to Peterson's rap sheet, the suspect only has one prior charge which dates all the way back to 1995. That charge was for underage possession of alcohol.