Police: Drugs may be ‘motivating factor’ in fatal West Ashley shooting

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston Police drugs may have played a role in a Thursday night shooting that killed a 34-year-old man in West Ashley.

Seth Coleman, 34, died from a gunshot wound at a home on Toura Lane, according to Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kelley Nevill.

Police responded at 8:15 p.m. Thursday to the where they found an unresponsive male, according to police spokesman Charles Francis. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:24 p.m.

In a statement Friday evening, Francis said it appears illicit narcotics “were a motivating factor in this homicide.”

Police consider the killing to be an isolated incident.

“There is no reason to believe there are any on ongoing threats to the community,” Francis said.

Neighbors learned the death investigation turned into a murder investigation.

“I just can’t believe it happened, unbelievable, it’s a quiet neighborhood so it’s very shocking,” Denise Czarn said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 843-743-7200 and ask for the on duty Charleston Police detective or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

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