Police arrest man for lying about downtown Charleston shooting

Police arrest man for lying about downtown Charleston shooting

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police have charged a North Charleston man with obstructing their investigation into a downtown Charleston shooting that happened last month.

Charleston Police Department officers arrested 20-year-old Shaquille Lamont Varns early Thursday near the corner of Aiken and Line streets. The arrest came one week after investigators say Varns refused to answer their questions on a July 25 shooting on Hanover Street.

According to an incident report, Varns met with detectives at the Charleston Police Department on Aug. 1 . The detectives were asking about a shooting which happened near 52 Hanover Street on July 25 just before 10 p.m.

Police said Varns lied "about his whereabouts and how he found out about the shooting." When confronted, officers said Varns told them "he was going to continue to lie and refuse any information presented to him that would disprove his statements.

Detectives said it was clear Varns was intentionally taking actions to prevent, impede, or interfere with their investigation.

The July 25 shooting left one man injured. Police patrolling in the area said they heard six to eight shots fired before finding the victim lying on the sidewalk.

Varns is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.

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