Cops: Vehicle owner shot at repo man

Shabazz Rainey (Source: Charleston Co. Detention Center)
Shabazz Rainey (Source: Charleston Co. Detention Center)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police have charged a man with attempted murder after he allegedly fired shots in the vicinity of a repo man at a North Charleston hotel early Thursday.

According to a North Charleston Police Department incident report, officers responded to the Masters Inn at 6100 Rivers Avenue around 12:30 a.m. after receiving reports of gunshots fired.

Upon arrival, a witness told them he saw a black "repo truck" drive through the parking lot, and then hear shots ring out. At that time, dispatch received a call from a repo man, who said he'd just been shot at.

After collecting three spent shell casings in the parking lot, officers went to speak with the repo man, who had fled the scene down Rivers Avenue and stopped at a parking lot to call police.

The repo man told them he pulled into the parking lot to repossess a vehicle when he heard someone at the inn say, "Hey man, they're taking your car." Then, the victim said he saw someone running out of an upstairs room, yelling "Hey!"

The repo man said at that point he had the vehicle connected to his truck and was pulling out of the parking lot when he heard approximately four shots fired.

Police then returned to the scene of the hotel after the repo man was able to provide personal info on the owner of the vehicle he repossessed. The suspect, 24-year-old Shabazz Rainey, was registered at one of the rooms at the inn.

When police went and spoke to Rainey, he admitted to having a firearm and firing shots into the air. He said he then became frightened and threw the gun into an exterior trash can. It was not recovered by police, the report states.

During the interview with the suspect, police also said they found a small bag of cocaine, which witnesses said belonged to Rainey.

He was charged with attempted murder and possession of cocaine and taken to the Charleston County Detention Center.

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