NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner's Office has identified a woman who was fatally shot in North Charleston early Wednesday morning.
Authorities say 47-year-old Lisa Sargent was found dead in her North Charleston home, and died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Her death is being ruled as a homicide.
Tommy Jones, 55, has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor.
Officers responded shortly before 6 a.m. to the scene of the shooting in the 3300 block of Ashley Phosphate Road, Pryor said.
According to a police report, officers were told that a man just shot his girlfriend and he was inside an apartment "with a long rifle with a scope." Family members say Jones was in fact Sargent's roommate and not her boyfriend.
Police started a dialogue with the man and said he exited the apartment a short time later.
"We kept trying to call out the suspect," an NCPD report states. "After several attempts to call out the suspect, he finally surrendered, and he was detained and taken to City Hall for detectives for questioning."
The shooting victim was found dead inside the apartment, Pryor said.
The Charleston County Coroner's Office responded to the scene.
Charleston County Consolidated dispatchers confirmed before 6:30 a.m. that one person had been shot. The call came in shortly before 6 a.m.
Police say traffic would likely be impacted by the unfolding situation and advised motorists to avoid the area.