Coroner identifies 20-year-old killed in Ladson gas station shooting

VIDEO: Coroner identifies 20-year-old killed in Ladson gas station shooting

LADSON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner’s Office released the identity of a victim in a deadly shooting Thursday afternoon at a Ladson gas station.

Javion Ford, 20, of Summerville, died at Trident Medical Center at approximately 3:15 p.m. Thursday from a gunshot wound, according to Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kimberly Rhoton.

Deputies arrested Tunisia Bryant who has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Bryant waived her right to a bond hearing Friday morning.

Her arrest stems from an incident just before 2:30 p.m. when deputies responded to a report of a shooting at the Scotchman gas station on 10305 Highway 78.

According to CCSO officials, an off-duty Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office deputy was at the location and witnessed the incident.

“He detained all involved parties prior to deputies’ arrival,” the sheriff’s office said.

When Charleston County deputies arrived they saw a male victim with a gunshot wound to his chest. The victim was transported to a hospital in serious condition and later died from his injuries.

Deputies say they interviewed numerous people and learned that people in one vehicle were in a verbal dispute with occupants of another vehicle.

A report by the sheriff’s office states that the people arguing were acquaintances, and had a previous dispute at some point over the last few days.

Capt. Roger Antonio said that during the argument, a female suspect brandished a firearm and shot the victim. The suspect, identified as Tunisia Bryant, was arrested for the shooting.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff’s office at (843) 202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

The sheriff’s office said no one else was injured in the incident.

Witnesses said the gas station was roped off with crime scene tape as investigators worked the scene.

Another reported a law enforcement helicopter over the immediate area of the shooting.

A viewer reported seeing a helicopter over the scene of a shooting on Highway 78 in the Lincolnville area.
A viewer reported seeing a helicopter over the scene of a shooting on Highway 78 in the Lincolnville area. (Source: Provided)

Posted by Live 5 News on Thursday, August 15, 2019

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