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Grandson of Community Activist Elder Johnson Gunned Down in Hanahan
7/9/2014 2:39:06 PM

Terrence Kendall McNeil Jr.
Staff Reports

Local community activist Elder James Johnson, President of the Tri-County National Action Network, recently lost his grandson from senseless violence that he has been fighting in the streets of Charleston for many years.

19-year old Terrence Kendall McNeil Jr. was fatally shot in a car that crashed into a home in Hanahan early Friday.

According to an incident report released by Hanahan police, authorities found McNeil slumped in a 2014 Dodge Charger that had crashed into a home on Old Point Road around 4:30 a.m. Friday. He was bleeding from gunshot wounds to his head and body, police said.

McNeil was breathing when help arrived, but just barely. He later died at the scene, authorities said.

According to investigators, a Glock pistol and five spent shell casings were found inside the car, police said.

According to the Hanahan Police, the shooting could have been retaliation for something that McNeil may have done or was a part of. Johnson suspects the same theory. No suspects have been named in the shooting to this point.

Just weeks before the fatal shooting, Johnson made several attempts to get his Grandson to take a better path in life and get out the streets.

“I?looked all over North Charleston and couldn’t find him. I?knew that he didn’t have the best people around him that could get him in some trouble. When my phone calls weren’t getting answered I?started to worry that something happened to him. As a parent you will always be concerned when you don’t hear from someone that you talk to on a regular basis.

“These streets in North Charleston are dangerous and we have to do something about it,”?Johnson said. Despite this tragedy and terrible loss, I?will continue to do whatever I?can to clean up our neighborhoods and stop the violence that have take over our communities.”

So far in 2014, there have been a reported 32 shooting in the city of North Charleston according to police reports.

McNeil was one of three people shot to death over the holiday weekend in the the tri-county area. Two of which died on the Fourth of July.

Johnson plans to gather local leaders including the mayors and police chief to sit down and discuss what can be done to help prevent tragedies like this from happening. “?We need to stop the retaliation and end all this senseless killing once and for all. We gotta take back our streets back.”

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