Charge upgraded to murder against man in North Charleston shooting after victim dies
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - North Charleston Police say the victim of a shooting at a motel has died, leading to upgraded charges against the suspect.
Darnell Dwayne Brown, 34, now faces a charge of murder rather than attempted murder since the death of the victim, Chief Deputy Ken Hagge said.
Brown is also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Police responded to the Charleston Heights Motel on Rivers Avenue at approximately 9:54 p.m. Saturday to the shooting.
Charleston County Coroner Bobbi Jo O’Neal identified the victim as Jagdishbhai Patel, 67, from North Charleston. Patel died Thursday afternoon following a gunshot wound, according to O’Neal.
Brown was identified as a suspect during the investigation, police spokesman Harve Jacobs said.
He was arrested early Sunday morning and booked into the Al Cannon Detention Center at 3:41 a.m., according to jail records.
Judge James B. Gosnell Jr. denied bond for Brown on the attempted murder charge.
Brown remains in the Al Cannon Detention Center.
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