By Barney Blakeney
While all eyes may be on the deadly impact of the coronavirus, the Charleston area homicide rate has been equally deadly. As of May 4, there have been 15 homicides committed in Charleston County to date this year. About half the county’s homicides, seven, were committed in North Charleston.
While no one was killed, an early morning May 3 shooting in North Charleston left three women wounded, one seriously wounded with a gunshot wound to her lower left chest. According to police a Northwoods Boulevard apartment became a firing range when the 5’4”, 100 lb. female shooter whipped out a jammy from her fanny pack and opened fire during argument. Claiming self-defense the 27-year-old suspect shot one woman in the chest, another woman in her hip and ankle and a third woman in the leg.
The previous night, May 1, North Charleston police responded to the scene of a Redden Road double murder. According to a police report officers responded to Redden Road in reference to a possible shooting that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers located two individuals suffering from various wounds at an apartment in the complex. Those individuals, a male and female, were removed from the apartment, treated for their injuries by EMS, and transported to MUSC Hospital for treatment.
As officers furthered the investigation, another victim was located in the same apartment. That individual was found deceased and had apparent gunshot wounds. Officers were then directed to another apartment in the complex and located a fourth individual involved who also was found deceased. That individual also had apparent gunshot wounds.
At that point in the investigation, it was revealed that the male subject, who was initially reached by officers and transported to the hospital for treatment was the suspect in the incident and was responsible for shooting the three victims; the female and the two deceased male subjects. Two other victims were found to have been shot at, but not injured. At some point during the incident, the male suspect suffered his injuries from being stabbed.
Charleston police spokesman Charleston Francis said to date this year there have been four homicides in the City of Charleston. Charleston County Sheriff Office spokesman Capt. Roger Antonio said so far CCSO has had two murder/suicides and one justifiable homicide.