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Authorities investigating link between woman's murder, Hanahan shooting

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Authorities are investigating a link between a shooting on Sellers Road and the murder of a 23-year-old woman who was caught in the crossfire outside a St. George club earlier this month.

Police say they responded to 5918 Sellers Road, lot 67, around 11:35 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports of multiple shots being fired. They arrived on scene to find several neighbors outside. One neighbor told police he heard the shots and then ran outside to find a white vehicle speeding away from the scene towards Remount Road.

Police said they found eight shell casings in the front yard of the property next to a canopy where it appeared people were gathering. The neighbor said family members had been over at the residence that night, mourning the passing of the homeowner’s daughter, 23-year-old Sierra Truesdale.

Truesdale died early July 14 after Dorchester County sheriff’s deputies say she was caught in the crossfire outside the Starlite Lounge on Hudson Road. Deputies said the shooting involved the Walterboro-area Cowboys gang and another group of people.

Police said the homeowner had called them to the lot earlier Sunday evening after seeing a white Chevrolet Suburban filled with about four people circle around her home twice. She said the second time the Suburban passed by, a male passenger wearing an orange shirt leaned out the window, so she and all her guests ran inside the house.

North Charleston police then called officers to tell them they found the vehicle which had been shot at, a white Dodge Ram, parked at the nearby Sunoco gas station on Remount Road. Police said there were gunshot holes in the vehicle, and the man behind the wheel had not been shot, but was suffering cuts from broken glass on the driver’s side window.

He was taken to Trident Hospital for treatment. His account of the shooting was not provided in the police report.

Hanahan police also said they found a Suburban matching the description given by the homeowner. Police said they performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the occupants inside to gather any possible information for the investigation.

A short time later, Hanahan police learned that the homeowner and her daughter went to the Charleston County Detention Center because they were scared. Both victims told Hanahan investigators they did not know who fired shots and never saw a vehicle at the time of the shooting because they were hiding inside the home. Both victims said they didn’t see a Ram truck, only the Suburban.

The homeowner said her family was scared and assumed the incident was affiliated with the gang-involved shooting at the Starlite Lounge. The woman thought the gang members had learned of her home address through an obituary for Truesdale.

The incident remains under investigation. No suspects have been identified in the shooting.

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