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Early-morning Berkeley County shooting leaves man dead

Published: May. 17, 2022 at 10:08 AM EDT|Updated: May. 17, 2022 at 4:10 PM EDT
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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting Tuesday morning that left one person dead.

Deputies received a call at approximately 7:15 a.m. about shots fired on Gains Mill Drive off Myers Road in the Wind Gate community, Cpl. Carli Drayton said.

Investigators say the man found the victim, who died at the scene from his injuries.

Detectives say it is too early in the investigation to determine a motive for the killing, but they are following up on leads. They add that it appears there may have been some type of meeting in the victim’s front yard prior to the shooting, but they do not know what caused things to escalate.

Multiple neighbors described the victim as a nice man who was always willing to have a conversation. One of his neighbors, Joel Howerton, said he was sleeping at the time and woke to the sound of several gunshots.

“I know my grandkids go to school early, so one of them had already went out the door,” he said. “I went to the door and didn’t see anything, so I open the door, and I heard my neighbor screaming, so I went down a step, and that’s when noticed my neighbor laying on the ground.”

There have been no arrests in the shooting.

The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office has not yet released the victim’s identity.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at 843-719-4412 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

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