Coroner identifies man killed in early-morning downtown Charleston shooting

Coroner identifies man killed in early-morning downtown Charleston shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Authorities have identified a man who was killed in a shooting early Tuesday morning outside a downtown Charleston home.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office said 29-year-old Bryan R. Cozart from the Charleston area died as a result of a gunshot wound.

Charleston police say the man was shot to death in the 70 block of Harris Street.

Police, Fire and EMS crews responded to the scene.

Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch received the first 911 call about the shooting at 5:19 a.m., according to police spokesman Charles Francis.

The investigation began when a police officer, who was in the area, reported hearing 10 gun shots in the area of Stuart Street and responded to the area. The officer and other responding units were then were notified that the gunshots were in the area of Harris Street.

Investigators then found the victim lying on the ground in between two vehicles and the parking lot curb.

Officers reported that the victim had suffered several gunshot wounds.

Bryan R. Cozart. (Source: Family/Friends)
Bryan R. Cozart. (Source: Family/Friends) (Source: Family/Friends)

Police say it is the second time in two days they have responded to a shooting in the area.

On Monday, one person was shot in the leg in the same area, Francis said. Investigators do not believe the two incidents are related.

Police are working to determine a motive and find the gunman, but investigators say no witnesses have come forward.

Family and friends of Cozart say he was walking to work this morning.

Resident Richard Nesbitt says he’s been living in the area for three years. He said he didn’t witness the shooting but has seen a lot in his lifetime.

“I’ve seen plenty of people die in front of me, young people need to stop the violence and go and get a job...don’t make the mistakes I did,” Nesbitt said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Charleston Police central detective at 843-743-7200 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

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