SWAT team responds to home in connection to fatal shooting

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department says SWAT team members were deployed to a home in downtown Charleston on America Street in connection to a fatal shooting that happened on Thursday on Columbus Street.

Police officials say they were searching a home where a murder suspect was found earlier on Friday.

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"This is a high risk search warrant. In such events they call out the SWAT team," Police spokesman Charles Francis said.

After police determined no one was inside 40 America Street, investigators then entered the home for the search. Police would not say what evidence they found or if there was any found.

Officers took 24-year-old Tyrel Rashone Collins into custody Friday morning around 9:30 a.m.  They say he shot and killed 24-year-old Solomon Chisolm at the Mall Park playground on Columbus Street Thursday night.

Police responded to the shooting at 68 Columbus Street around 6:45 p.m. to find Chisolm lying unresponsive near the bleachers.  Officers said he died at the scene.

Residents describe it as a disturbing sight at the Mall Park playground.

"It makes me feel a little more uncomfortable than I did, just because it happened so close, but at the same time talking to people, this was not a random shooting," America Street Resident Brad Cooper said.

A quick look at the suspect and the victim's criminal records reveals a litany of charges and convictions.

Collins was arrested just last week for possession of cocaine base.  He was convicted in a bank robbery and unlawful carrying of a weapon in 2009.

Collins is set to face a bond court judge on Saturday at 9 a.m.

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