Arrest made in N. Charleston hotel shooting, shooter still sought
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police say a man has been arrested on gun charges following a shooting at a Dorchester Road hotel that sent one person to the hospital.
Bryant Miquel Jones, 19, was arrested late Tuesday night and charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm.
Officials with the North Charleston Police Department say officers responded to the Clarion Inn on 3640 Dorchester Road shortly after 5 p.m. in reference to a shooting victim on the ground.
When officers arrived, they found a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound and six shell casing in the parking lot.
Witnesses told police a man, later identified as Jones, fled the scene running towards Golden Key Club.
Officers say Jones was spotted exiting the building in a "rapid manner." When Jones was ordered to the ground, he told police, "The gun that shot my friend is in my backpack." He later said, "The gun is in the bag in the bathroom."
A report states officers found a small backpack in the men's bathroom with a .45 caliber handgun inside. The gun had been reported as stolen in Michigan.
According to NCPD investigators, the victim and Jones arrived Tuesday from Detroit on a Greyhound Bus.
Jones told police that he went to the side of the hotel with his friend, and once there, a gold SUV pulled up and began firing at them, striking his friend.
After viewing surveillance photos, officers believe the vehicle to be a 2001 GMC Yukon. The vehicle may have bullet holes in it due to the victim having a gun at the time of the shooting.
Jones is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center.
The shooting remains under investigation. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.
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