After finding a man wounded early Tuesday morning in the middle of the Crosstown, North Charleston police are investigating an incident they believe started with a home invasion then escalated into a kidnapping and shooting.
The incident started when officers responded to St. Francis Street shorting after 2:30 a.m. in reference to a home invasion. According to the female victim, two armed men wearing masks and gloves kicked their way through the front door and entered the house.
She says the men came in the bedroom and woke her and another man, then tied them up with duct tape. They asked the man where the drugs were, and he allegedly told them the drugs were on James Island.
Police say the suspects then pistol-whipped the male victim, pulled him from the bed, took him to the car and drove off.
While on the Crosstown, at US 17 and Coming Street, police say the suspects pushed the victim from the SUV. A car stopped in time to avoid running over him and called for help.
When police arrived at the Crosstown, the victim was found with a gunshot wound to his lower right side. He was taken to MUSC for treatment.
The condition of the victim is unknown.
At this time, no arrests have been made in the case and no suspects have been identified, but police continue to investigate.
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