Police: Fatal downtown Charleston shooting may be drug related

One transported to the hospital following downtown Charleston shooting
Source: Jackson Helms/Live 5 News
Source: Jackson Helms/Live 5 News
Patrick Moffly. (Source: WCSC)
Patrick Moffly. (Source: WCSC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston investigators say a fatal shooting that took the life of a 23-year-old man in downtown may have been drug related.

The Charleston Police Department released a statement Monday afternoon regarding the death of Patrick Moffly who died following a shooting at a home on the 90 block of Smith Street on Friday.

"As the investigation into the Smith Street homicide has evolved, it appears that the incident where the victim was shot once may have been drug related," CPD officials stated.

In addition, authorities are asking if anyone in the area of 97 Smith Street saw any vehicles or individuals frequenting the area to call Consolidated Dispatch at 843-743-7200 and ask for the on-call CPD detective.

Moffly died from his injuries after he was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina.

Police are continuing the investigation.

So far no suspect information has been released yet.

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Residents have said the shooting is not typical in the neighborhood and was unexpected.

"It's such a quiet area, nothing happens on this street," said Cameron Crutchfield who lives in the neighborhood."I don't feel unsafe because the cops are here, we're fine. It's a very controlled environment."

"When I pulled up to Smith Street I thought maybe there was a fender bender because in a neighborhood like this you never hear about gunshots," said Wyatt Kronberg."So I was really caught off guard...it's pretty interesting and alarming stuff."

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