Witness: Men were changing tire before fatal shooting

Derrick McKinley (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)
Derrick McKinley (Source: Charleston County Detention Center)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A witness told North Charleston police two men were changing a tire early Saturday when an argument broke out, shots were fired, and one man was left dead on Ferrara Drive.

North Charleston police arrested 24-year-old Derrick McKinley, of Johns Island, after they say he say got into an argument with a man and exchanged gunfire.

When officers arrived at the scene at 2633 Ferrara Drive, they found 21-year-old Deshawn Zellars on the ground next to a parked vehicle.

Police say Zellars was taken to MUSC, where he later died of a gunshot wound.

A witness told police that McKinley and Zellars were helping fix a tire on a vehicle when they got in an argument. Zellers then went to his vehicle to get a handgun.

McKinley told police that Zellars began firing shots at him and so he went to his vehicle to get his gun to return fire.

According to the police report, Zellars was shot in the chest and fell to the ground.

Police say McKinley fled the scene when another black male began shooting at him from the yard.

According to the report, McKinley ran away on foot and was found walking on Accabee Road carrying a handgun.

McKinley was compliant with officers orders they say, but complained of chest pains and a rapid heartbeat after he was placed in the police car.

McKinley was taken to Roper Hospital by EMS, where he was declared healthy and released shortly after.  Later that afternoon, McKinley was transported to Roper Hospital a second time due to similar chest pains.

Authorities charged McKinley with murder and possession of weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Bond was denied on the murder charge, but bond was set at $100,000 on possession of a weapon.

This incident remains under investigation with the North Charleston Police Department.

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