Police found drugs and drug paraphernalia with the body of a man found shot to death early Sunday, police reports released Monday state.
William Nelson, 22, of Charleston was found dead about 12:40 a.m. near the intersection of the Septima Clark Parkway, also known as the Crosstown, and Line Street. Nelson had been shot multiple times, Charleston police said.
No arrests have been made. When he died, Nelson was on probation for a crack cocaine conviction from June 2011, court records show.
Despite his young age, Nelson had compiled a rather lengthy criminal history, mostly for drug-related incidents. He had been convicted three times on cocaine charges, each time earning suspended sentences and probation, records show.
According to supplemental police reports, “several narcotic items” and paraphernalia were found near the body. One officer reported finding several tubes containing a white, powdery substance.
In one statement given to police, a man said Nelson was known as “Li’l Will,” the reports said.
The reports state Nelson’s girlfriend told investigators she and Nelson had been dating for six years and had two children together. The girlfriend said she last spoke to Nelson, by phone, at about 11 p.m. Saturday night, and that the last thing he told he was, “I’ll call you back.”
A man told police he’d been with Nelson in the hours before his death. The man, whose name is redacted on the report, picked up Nelson at Marion Square, and the two men went to a King Street address and drank beer. Nelson left saying, “I’m going to Line Street,” the report said.
The report said the man did not know why Nelson went to Line Street. Later, the man phoned Nelson, who reportedly advised him, “I’m on my way back.” But he never returned, the report said.
One person police questioned near the shooting scene reported hearing four to six shots, and then seeing a group of four black men, two of them in shorts, running from the area. Another witness told of hearing five to seven shots, and seeing a car depart and then return to the area.
Reports said a motorist who drove past a man on the ground, put his vehicle in reverse to go back and check on the man, found him bleeding, and then called 9-1-1. Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS.
Anyone with information about the shooting should call Charleston police at 577-7434.