Victim identified in fatal shooting near Read Street apartments in North Charleston

IMG_0152The Charleston County Deputy Coroner has identified Draco Istan Ali Ben Walker, 42, of North Charleston as the victim in the shooting on Read Street in North Charleston on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Walker died of a gunshot wound.

Officers with the North Charleston Police Department are investigating the fatal shooting on the 5500 block of Read Street in North Charleston. Officials say the shooting happened shortly before 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning outside of the Read Street Apartments.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a black male victim (later identified as Walker) in the parking lot, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime.

Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch says the call came in at 6:42 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

We’ve learned from NCPD that some type of altercation occurred in the victims Read Street apartment resulting in the victim being shot.  The victim managed to make it outside of the apartment and was located by police and first responders.

At least two male subjects described as wearing all black clothing were seen leaving the area.

This deadly shooting at Read Street apartments just off Remount Rd. is one of many in the area this year and locals say they are not surprised.

One woman, Angel Miller, says, “There’s some drug selling down the road and stuff like that, I know there’s a lot of crime up in here.”

In the Charleston Farms neighborhood where the shooting happened, they have had six cases of vandalism involving gunfire, ten arrests for weapons offenses, and three shootings since August. People who live on Remount Road say they see this violence in their own neighborhoods.

Heather Rodriguez, who lives in the area, says, “I came home and people were being held up by gunpoint and I witnessed it and a few more happened within a month or so. But you hear gun shots quite often.”

Nearby Dunston Elementary was on a Code Yellow precautionary lock down until about 10 AM.

Miller says, “This is the worst location for a school.”

One mother tells News 2 she is moving her children out of Dunston because the surrounding area is too dangerous.

She says, “I don’t want to be around it.”

Parents say they are concerned because they were not told about the lock down and shooting by the school district.

Rodriguez says, “I haven’t heard nothing. Anything.”

Miller says, “I should’ve at least been notified, because I didn’t know anything about that.”

The Charleston County School District says they did not notify parents about the Code Yellow lock down because the children were not in immediate danger.

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