Coroner identifies 2 killed in Monday night shooting at N. Charleston apartments
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner’s Office says a 21-year-old and a 17-year-old were shot to death Monday night at a North Charleston apartment complex.
Jasmond Grant, 21; and Damarion Champagne, 17, both of Charleston, died at approximately 7:15 p.m. at the scene from gunshot wounds, Charleston County Coroner Bobbi Jo O’Neal said.
North Charleston Police discovered the bodies Monday night as they investigated damage caused by gunfire at the Filbin Creek Apartments off of Sumner Avenue, an incident report stated.
The investigation began at 6:06 p.m. when officers made contact with a resident who reported gunfire damage to a cabinet in the dining room.
Officers saw the damage and a bullet hole in the wall which the resident believed came from an apartment next door. The resident said when they saw the damage and looked outside they saw a male subject wearing a face mask running down the stairs.
Police attempted to make contact with the next-door neighbor but no one answered so the property manager was called to the complex so that authorities could make a welfare check, according to NCPD officials.
A report states the manager found the apartment to be unlocked, opened the door and allowed officers to enter.
Police said as officers opened the door, heat and smoke poured out of the home. The officers also saw two male subjects lying on the floor side-by-side in the living room two to three feet inside the doorway.
The officers removed the bodies, and fire and emergency crews were called to the scene.
The report states the officers attempted to enter the apartment to locate anyone else, but the smoke inside the apartment was too thick for officers to check past the first bedroom. Officers then used a fire extinguisher to put out a “small pile of embers that appeared to be reigniting.”
Resident Lee Hardy lives in one of the adjacent buildings with his two young children.
“It’s real sad. Heartbreaking. Seeing, hearing something like this happen real close to home as y’all can see, I have two kids so it touches the home,” Hardy said. “Me coming from New York, I would never think anything like this would happen in Charleston. Maybe up there but not down here.”
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