Police: Shooter in N. Charleston store acted in self-defense

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police say the man who shot and killed another man Sunday night in a North Charleston store will not face charges because he was acting in self defense.

Coroner officials identified the victim as 26-year-old Rodreguez Shaw, of North Charleston. Shaw died from a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said the shooting happened at East Montague Market, located at 1910 East Montague Avenue, around 11 p.m. Sunday.

Pryor said a man and his girlfriend arrived at the store to make a purchase. The man exited the vehicle and walked inside, while his girlfriend waited.

Pryor said Shaw then approached the vehicle the girlfriend was sitting in and words were exchanged. Pryor said the boyfriend was still in the store several minutes later when Shaw walked in with a handgun.

Pryor said the man inside the store pulled out his own handgun and fired two shots.

Shaw was struck in the abdomen by a single bullet, and he collapsed a short distance from the rear door and was later pronounced dead, according to police.

The shooter surrendered to police, and Pryor said Monday afternoon he would not be charged, as he acted in self-defense.

However, the incident remains under investigation.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated both men involved fired gunshots. However, police now say Shaw did not fire his weapon.