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Charges dropped against man arrested in fatal Goose Creek shooting, investigation continuing

Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 7:56 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2021 at 1:42 PM EDT
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GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Goose Creek Police have confirmed charges against a 22-year-old man arrested in connection with a deadly shooting have been dropped.

Ashonti Pope faced one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder in connection with a shooting on Sept. 27 in the area of Amy Drive and Delmont Drive. The charges against Pope were dropped, Capt. James Brown confirmed.

A juvenile girl, who police did not identify because of her age, turned herself in to authorities before Pope’s arrest and was also charged with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder. It was not immediately known if she still faced charges in connection with the shooting.

At 4:05 p.m., police officers responded to the area for a report of shots fired, and when they arrived they found a male subject with a gunshot wound to the head. At the time, the victim was transported to a local area hospital for treatment. He then died from his injuries two days later.

The coroner’s office has not released the victim’s identity.

“Investigators from the Goose Creek Police Department Criminal Investigative Unit arrived on scene and began questioning witnesses,” Brown said. “Possible suspects were identified, and investigators began gathering intelligence to determine their whereabouts.”

Brown said police were not currently searching for an additional suspect in the killing but said the investigation is ongoing.

Police are hoping to interview any witnesses they may not have already identified.

Anyone with information on the incident can call Cpl. Galluccio at 843-863-5200, ext. 2338.

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