Police investigating after 50-year-old killed in N. Charleston shootout

Published: Nov. 29, 2014 at 2:28 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - North Charleston police are looking for suspects after a 50-year-old man was killed in an alleged shootout Friday night.

According to the Charleston County Coroner's Office, Theodore Melvin of North Charleston died as a result of a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police responded to the 2700-block of East Surrey Drive Friday shortly before 7 p.m. to investigate a report of shots fired.

Authorities say they found Melvin lying on the ground between two homes.

A witness at the scene told police two vehicles pulled up beside each other and the occupants began to shoot at one another. People who were in the yard at the time of incident ran for cover when shots were fired.

Officers say they arrived in time to spot a black Dodge Charger leaving the scene. Five shell casings were found near the roadway in front of a home where the shooting took place.

Police say multiple people at the scene claimed they were inside the home when they heard several gunshots outside, at which point they ran to a back room.

According to one witness, the subject goes by the name "Book Worm."

Anyone with information on the shooting should call Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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