Police working to identify suspect in fatal President Street shooting

Police working to identify suspect in fatal President Street shooting

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston Police Department are investigating a fatal Sunday night shooting in downtown Charleston.

The Charleston County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 24-year-old Don Skinner of Goose Creek.

Police responded in reference to a shooting victim from an incident at the intersection of President and Line Streets at approximately 6:02 p.m., according to an incident report. Officers found Skinner unresponsive at the scene. EMS transported him to MUSC where he died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Hospital staff told investigators a woman identifying herself as Skinner's girlfriend had arrived at the hospital minutes after Skinner died.

The woman told police she dropped Skinner off downtown so he could go to his sister's home to get some clothes and that she planned to pick him up again about 20 minutes later. When she was on her way back, she called Skinner, but he didn't answer his cell phone, which was unusual, she said.

When she arrived to pick him up, she said she saw police cars and went to Skinner's sister's home and was told Skinner had been shot.

A witness at the shooting scene reported hearing three gunshots while driving through the area, then told police he saw the victim running. When he parked and stepped out of his car, he saw Skinner lying on the ground.

A second witness confirmed hearing three shots while working as a cashier inside a nearby business.

A third witness said he was driving on President Street toward Line Street but only heard one gunshot and saw the victim.

Skinner's sister told police she heard something right outside her apartment before hearing the gunshots and believed the shooting happened right outside her apartment.

The investigating into the shooting is ongoing.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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