Teen cleared in fatal shooting after investigators charge new suspect

Teen cleared in fatal shooting after investigators charge new suspect

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 15-year-old arrested in connection with a fatal January shooting is no longer facing murder charges after an investigation led detectives to a new suspect.

The juvenile was initially charged with the murder of 16-year-old Travis Brown at the Fairwind Apartments in North Charleston. The charge has since been dismissed by the solicitor's office.

Investigators determined the 15-year-old, who did possess a weapon and was identified as being involved in the altercation, did not fire the fatal shot that killed Brown, according to North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor.

During the course of the investigation, detectives say they obtained probable cause to instead charge 21-year-old Tyree Steed with Brown's murder. Steed, who is serving time at the Charleston County Detention Center on an unrelated charge, was served a warrant for murder at the jail on Thursday, May 7.

Police say the incident occurred at approximately 1 a.m. on Jan. 18. When officers arrived they found the victim near the stairs of the complex, according to an incident report. The 15-year-old male was arrested two days later and charged in the shooting.

Witnesses told police, "They shot him," but could not provide a description of the gunman.

Investigators say the victim was attending a party at an apartment in the complex. Witnesses told police some type of disturbance occurred between the victim and the suspect resulting in a shooting in the parking lot.

Police discovered a black revolver with a wooden handle near trees on the side of the building, the report states.

A short time later, a woman reported that her car had been hit during the incident in the front passenger door, the report states.

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