NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The coroner has confirmed the man found dead in a ditch off Dorchester Road, hours after deputies responded to a shooting nearby, died from blood loss.
Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet said 26-year-old Rashaad Lamarks Banks died from blood loss after he suffered a gunshot wound to the back.
Dorchester County sheriff's deputies are leading the investigation, and released incident reports from the case on Monday.
Last Friday, deputies responded to Club Rehab on 8484 Dorchester Road in North Charleston around 2 a.m. after hearing reports of shots fired. An incident report states that North Charleston police officers were at the Kangaroo convenience store across from the club when they heard shots being fired in the parking lot of Club Rehab.
Authorities were told that a 23-year-old Goose Creek man was struck by gunfire and was transported to the hospital. North Charleston police told deputies they saw a black in color vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed traveling to the hospital.
Police had the three people detained from that vehicle, while the victim was treated at the hospital. Authorities say the three people in the car were not cooperative in providing details on the incident except that they brought the victim to the hospital for a gunshot wound.
According to investigators, the victim was also unwilling to provide much information on the incident. Deputies say the victim was suffering from a gunshot wound to his left shoulder.
One of the passengers in the car told investigators that a man named "Black" was sitting in the driver's side of the car in the parking lot of Club Rehab when shots began to fire. The passenger said he then saw the victim getting struck by a bullet in the shoulder.
The other two passengers told investigators that they never saw an individual named Black in the car. The victim said he did not see a person named Black either.
At 6:59 a.m., deputies returned to the area of 8484 Dorchester Road after a man driving by said he saw a body near the road. Authorities found Banks lying face down in the ditch.
Sheriff's investigators say the incidents appeared to be related. One investigator said it was possible Banks was involved in the shooting, and hid when authorities responded to the scene. That investigator reasoned that Banks' wounds did not appear to be immediately life-threatening, and said it was probable he had been bleeding for several hours.
The coroner confirmed that was the case on Tuesday.