Woman found dead in driveway; Neighbors react to crime scene

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - It was a disturbing crime scene Thursday night as witnesses saw a woman's body covered in the driveway outside her home on Birthright Street.

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Charleston police found 40-year-old Melissa Thomas gunned down just before 9 p.m. Thursday. The Charleston County Coroner's Office says Thomas was shot in the chest. A 60-year-old man who also lives at the home was shot and wounded.

"I was at the grocery store actually on my way home, I couldn't get home. And all I could see is the crime scene, the body out there with that sheet," one neighbor recalled.

Many people who live on the street heard five shots including Thomas' next door neighbor, who called 911.

"I just heard shots, five shots," the neighbor said. "I immediately knew they were gunshots. Didn't sound like fireworks or a car backing up or something."

Police say the surviving victim also was found outside the house.

Other neighbors say they are nervous after seeing a deadly shooting so close to home, knowing the killer or killers are still out there.

"It's shocking because I run in the neighborhood, I walk my dog in this neighborhood," one neighbor said. "I do it at night and now I don't feel safe, I don't feel safe at all to do that."

Chances are many folks on Birthright Street won't feel safe until this murder case is solved.

Police detectives canvassed the neighborhood gathering information about the suspect. No arrests have been made.

The City of Charleston has had 10 homicides so far this year. An arrest has been made in five of the 10. Four of the cases remain open and an arrest warrant has been issued in one of those cases.

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