N. Charleston shooting suspect, victim's fiancee exchange words during hearing

VIDEO: Bond denied for suspect in N. Charleston gas station shooting
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The suspect in a deadly gas station shooting exchanged words with the victim's fiancee during a Tuesday morning bond hearing.

Montre Desean Brown, 23, was denied bond automatically because only a circuit judge can set bond in a murder case. Brown is charged with murder and the possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in the shooting death of 34-year-old Kenneth Lamont Robinson.

Members of Robinson's family appeared at the hearing. At one point, one of the family members said Brown "took a father and a son." Brown blurted out in response, "He tried to kill me, too." When family members responded, Brown uttered profanity as he left the room.

Outside the courthouse, the victim's cousin said Robinson was killed in front of his own 19-year-old daughter and that the day the incident occurred was his seven-year-old daughter's birthday.

Detectives say the Brown arrived at the gas station shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Friday and moments later saw the victim arrive. Brown hid inside the restroom and once the victim approached the store, the suspect exited the restroom with a handgun and fired at Robinson, striking him numerous times, according to a court affidavit. After Robinson fell to the floor, Brown stood over him and shot "a couple of more times" before rolling Robinson over and retrieving an unknown item, the affidavits state.

Robinson died at the scene, the coroner said.

Witnesses told investigators that the suspect fled the area in a white Chrysler 200 or 300 sedan.

Police say they spotted the vehicle on Rivers Avenue and stopped it, but the female driver told them she had dropped the suspect off in the area of Northwoods Mall. Several police units and a helicopter were spotted in the area searching for the suspect, but NCPD officials say they came up empty.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Brown on Friday afternoon. He was booked into the Charleston County Detention Center on Monday at 2:09 p.m.

"That could have been me, that could have been anyone," said Donald Borland, a clerk who works at the Exxon gas station. Borland said he wasn't present at the time of the shooting since his shift starts tonight.

Investigators say the victim and the suspect were involved in a previous altercation involving an illegal drug transaction.

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