Coroner: 19-year-old identified as victim in deadly Florence shooting Saturday night

Coroner: 19-year-old identified as victim in deadly Florence shooting Saturday night
Police are investigating a Saturday night shooting in Florence that left a 19-year-old dead. (Source: WMBF News)

FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) – Police are investigating a shooting in Florence Saturday night that left a young man dead, according to officials.

Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken identified the victim as 19-year-old Christopher Gibson, of Florence. The victim was taken to an area hospital following the shooting, where he was pronounced dead.

Neighbors said they heard the gunshots Saturday night.

“To us we thought it was fireworks, but obviously it wasn’t fireworks because when we looked out the back window, there was a young man laying on the ground,” said a resident who lives across the street from where the shooting took place.

She also said she was worried for her family’s safety, saying it was hard to sleep because she was worried about her younger siblings and her 1-year-old.

“We tossed and turned just, you know, thinking about whether or not they were gonna come back and start some other stuff," the woman said.

Gibson’s body will be sent to the Medical University of Charleston for an autopsy, according to the coroner.

According to a press release from the Florence Police Department, officers responded to Ervin Court around 7:46 p.m. Saturday for a report of shots fired.

When they arrived, officers found the victim with injuries, the release stated.

No arrests have been made in the case. Florence Police Lieutenant Mike Brandt told WMBF News that they are continuing to investigate what happened. Anyone with information is asked to call the FPD at (843) 665-3191.

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