Residents, businesses shocked following two Charleston shootings

VIDEO: Residents, businesses shocked following two Charleston shootings
Published: Mar. 23, 2015 at 10:26 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2015 at 6:35 PM EDT
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Shooting on Norman Street (Source: Live 5 News)
Shooting on Norman Street (Source: Live 5 News)
Shooting on Norman Street (Source: Live 5 News)
Shooting on Norman Street (Source: Live 5 News)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Residents and business employees said they were shocked to learn of two shootings, one of which was fatal, that happened near them in downtown Charleston late Monday afternoon.

"It was shocking, it was right behind us, literally right behind us," said Michael Bailey, owner of the Veggie Bin on Spring Street."It's kind of frightening. We didn't even hear it, we didn't even know until we saw all the police coming."

The first shooting happened at 5:30 p.m. on Sires Street when officers responded to a report of a stabbing, but when they arrived at the location they found the victim, covered in blood, sitting on his front porch.

The victim was then transported to the Medical University of South Carolina.

Officers say several neighbors were out on the street when they got to the location.

"I was just standing, looking out the window and then a bunch of cops came and pulled someone away covered in blood," said Colleen Yost, an employee at the Veggie Bin."It kind of put me in shock. I wasn't ready for that."

"I was coming back from school and I parked out on Spring Street and saw a bunch of tape and cop cars...I was confused," said Matthew Carpio, who lives on Sires Street."Never really saw that much police over here."

Police would then respond a half an hour later at 6 p.m. on Norman Street, which is several blocks away from the first shooting, to another shooting incident.

When officers arrived at the location, they found the victim, identified as 25-year-old Brandon Washington, on the ground in the driveway of a home.

CPD officials said Washington had been shot to death.

"It's kind of disheartening, it's so close. Two shootings in 30 minutes...that's kind of scary," Bailey said.

No arrests have been made in either case as of yet.

Charleston police officials said there's no indication that the two shootings are related.

Police are continuing the investigation and were seen walking the neighborhood and talking with residents Tuesday afternoon.

Bailey said he's not too concerned about the shootings, since he says it can happen anywhere and he and and his employees always stay vigilant.

"I've been here for five months because it's a good location, it's an up-and-coming neighborhood and those things don't happen that often," Bailey said.

Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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