North Charleston Police continue search for gunman who injured 2

Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 6:14 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 9:36 AM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - North Charleston Police are continuing to search for the person responsible for injuring two people late Monday afternoon near a stretch of restaurants and hotels.

Investigators responded to the area of Northside Drive and Ashley Phosphate Road where shots were reported at approximately 4:30 p.m.

North Charleston Police spokesman Harve Jacobs said police have received conflicting information from witnesses at the scene.

“I can tell you that two people were taken to the hospital with injuries,” Jacobs said. “We don’t know if the shots were fired from a passing car. We don’t know if somebody jumped out of a vehicle and started shooting. We’ve got several pieces of this puzzle to put together.”

At that time, police said the gunman was still at large. The search for clues continued into the night but police did not release any new details, instead saying they planned to provide an update on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Jacobs confirmed two people had been shot and said officers were “looking for several vehicles that left the area at a high rate of speed.”

A police report from the incident states responding officers arrived to find two vehicles with damage from gunfire. Officers noted several bullet holes in the hood and windshield of one vehicle and a second vehicle that had the back passenger window shot out.

The report states that while an officer was gathering information, a manager from McDonalds brought a man who had been shot to the officer who then begin to render aid to the man. While the officer was helping that man, several employees from Ruby Tuesday began yelling to the officers that another victim was in the lobby of the restaurant.

Officers continued to help both victims before EMS arrived to transport both victims to the hospital, the report states.

Jacobs said investigators were canvassing nearby hotels to speak with potential witnesses and would also go to the hospital where the victims were taken in hopes of interviewing them.

A crime scene investigator photographs an SUV after a shooting that left two people wounded.
A crime scene investigator photographs an SUV after a shooting that left two people wounded.(Live 5)

Akhil Dutta said he was across the street when the shots were fired.

“It was just like, you’re in a daze, in an afternoon lull, and then, boom, boom – you hear a bunch of pow, pow, pows – and you just start running the other way, and it wakes you up,” Dutta said.

“Honestly, it kinda scared me. You never know what’s going to happen to you or someone else, and I’ve got two kids now, and I don’t want that to happen,” Daniel Xaca, who was staying at hotel near the shooting scene, said.

Numerous crime scene investigators surrounded a dark gray SUV, taking photographs and placing evidence markers around the scene.

A Charleston County Sheriff’s Office helicopter flew over the area as the search continued for the gunman.

Police have not provided a description of the person they are looking for or a possible motive in the shooting. Jacobs said investigators do not yet know how many people may be involved. The type of weapon involved was also not immediately known.

“This is still an active investigation and because of those conflicting stories, there’s lots of sorting out to do right now,” Jacobs said.

He said investigators would remain on the scene as long as it takes to gather evidence and talk to any witnesses.

Witnesses reported multiple evidence markers near an SUV.
Witnesses reported multiple evidence markers near an SUV.(Live 5)

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