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Two dead in Memorial Day shootings in North Charleston

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NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) -

North Charleston police are investigating two separate shootings within 14 hours of each other, marking 14 homicides so far this year in North Charleston.

Police responded at approximately 12:30 a.m. Monday to the parking lot of the Hyatt Place Hotel on W. Montague Ave for a reported shooting, North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

Officers found one man with a gunshot wound. That victim was transported to MUSC and later died.

Authorities also responded to a reported shooting in North Charleston Monday afternoon around 3:35 p.m. 

Investigators were spotted in the area of 6500 Dorchester Road at the Reserve at Ashley River Apartments. 

North Charleston police say the suspect got in an argument and shot the victim because he feared for his life. 

Lowcountry activists are calling for change. 

"It's time that we stop that," North Charleston branch of the NAACP Edward Bryant said. "We need to get a hold of that cycle and we need to turn that down toward the end of the year."

"These shootings and deaths are happening in places that we wouldn't think they would happen at," local National Action Network president Elder James Johnson said. "That tells me a whole lot, no place is immune from crime. That's why every nationality of people needs to get involved in trying to deal with the crime."

Many who live in the Reserve at Ashley River apartments said the shootings scare them.

"I feel unsafe," Ayla Courvoisie said. "I don't really want to live here anymore. I don't want to get shot over something like that. "

Just a few miles down the road, near The Hyatt Place Hotel, many said the recent shootings make them nervous. 

"You can walk around here and not feel safe," Reggie Evans said. "It's just sad, especially for the kids in this area."

"I think it's crazy that people just killing each other up like that, the rise in crime is getting crazier and crazier," Norman Turner said.

According to North Charleston Police, there were 19 homicides in North Charleston in 2015.

There have been 14 homicides so far in 2016, according to NCPD.

North Charleston activists are vocal about the need for change.

Others, who live in North Charleston, hope the violence will end soon. 

"It's got to stop somewhere," Evans said. "I mean, people are losing family members, it's sad. I definitely wouldn't want to lose a family member of mine." 

The victims' identities have not been released.

Officials with the coroner's office say the identity of the Hyatt Place victim is expected to be released Tuesday morning following notification of the family. 

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