NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - North Charleston police say a shooting which left a teenager and a man dead at a North Charleston gas station in late September began as a robbery attempt.
During a press conference update about the shooting Thursday morning, Maj. Ken Hagge gave further details about what happened on Sunday, Sept. 29 that led to the deaths of 25-year-old Dashawn Bowens and 14-year-old Eisa Shoupaje of North Charleston at the Valero gas station in the 7700 block of Dorchester Road.
Hagge said that the 14-year-old Shoupaje was inside the gas station when Bowens arrived at the store to shop. When Bowens went to the register, he pulled out a large amount of money to pay for the items.
Bowens then went to the restroom in the gas station, came out and was headed home across the parking lot when the 14-year-old followed him.
“When they got to the parking lot of the car lot there,” Hagge said. “The 14-year-old brandished a firearm in a robbery attempt. Mr. Bowens was shot from narrow distance and a struggle happened. They both ended up on the ground where the 14-year-old was shot once. Mr. Bowens was able to get up and run across the street where he collapsed in the parking lot of 7757 Dorchester Road.”
Hagge said the investigation into the shooting took some time to piece together as detectives gathered video and witness statements. He added that the pair didn’t know each other.
“It was just a crime of opportunity for the 14-year-old kid,” he said.
The gun recovered at the scene was in the hands of the 14-year-old. There were also two shell casings, which matched the gun found in his hand, Hagge said.