Charleston residents fearful after downtown shooting kills man

Charleston residents fearful after downtown shooting kills man

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Residents in one downtown Charleston neighborhood say they are fearful after a man was killed following a shooting on Thursday.

Neighbors in the Eastside community say they are concerned following the fatal shooting on Hanover Street and would not talk on camera saying they feared becoming a target.

The victim of the shooting was transported to MUSC where he later died. The coroner’s office has not identified the victim.

Video provided by a citizen showed the incident transpire from what appeared to be an argument to the actual shooting.

Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds spoke about the circulated video during a Friday press conference on the shooting, and said a person on a bicycle in the video is considered a person of interest.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds speaking during a press conference on a fatal shooting. Source - Live 5 News
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds speaking during a press conference on a fatal shooting. Source - Live 5 News

“I’ll call that person a person of interest,” Reynolds said."We would like for anybody in the media, anybody in our communities, any residents, anybody who recognizes that person on that bicycle to call our Crime Stoppers number to give us that information as we continue this investigation."

According to Reynolds, the shooting was an isolated interaction between individuals. Charleston police officials say investigators are still actively trying to identify a suspect.

Reynolds said there’s been a lot speculation around the case and said he did not want to add to that speculation which has been seen on social media.

“We don’t know what that interaction was or what was said,” Reynolds said of the shooting incident."We are interviewing people."

The chief said that based on the video and information obtained through the investigation, that an arrest will be made.

Video shows shooting incident in downtown Charleston

Charleston mayor: ‘This kind of activity is not Charleston’

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg also spoke at Friday’s press conference where he called the shooting a tragic matter, and called for increasing community engagement.

“We had a terrible actor last night who committed a totally senseless random act of violence,” Tecklenburg said."It’s inexcusable."

The mayor announced that a community meeting will be held next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the old Trident Tech Palmer Campus in the auditorium to further discuss improvements and how to prevent shootings like the one that transpired on Thursday.

“This kind of activity is not Charleston,” Tecklenburg said."It’s not who we are."

“The one thing that I will emphasize is we want to have unity in this community,” Reynolds said."We’ve got to work together. This is a great city. It’s the safest city in South Carolina. but we have to work hard to keep it safe."

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Thursday night shooting

Authorities said the investigation began Thursday night when officers and emergency crews responded to Hanover Street for a shooting.

Police said the victim was transported to MUSC where he later died. The coroner’s office has not yet identified the victim.

Dispatch operators received the initial call at 7:40 p.m.

Anyone with information is urged to call (843) 743-7200 for on duty CPD Central detective.

Video provided by a citizen shows the incident transpire where a man can be seen pulling out a gun.

The video shows an argument between a group at the top right of the video. After a brief back and forth, a man appears to pull out a gun and fires at another person several times. Afterwards you can see several people leaving the area.

A veteran who was at a nearby bar said he came out to take a phone call and saw the shooting victim lying on the ground.

Sgt. Jonathan M. Lubecky said he performed CPR until emergency crews arrived on the scene.

“It’s something I expect in Iraq, it’s something you expect at other places,” Lubecky said. “You don’t expect it outside the bar your drink at.”

Charleston mayor, police chief address deadly shooting in downtown

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