North Charleston has seen a spike in gun violence this week, with five shootings in four days, one of them fatal.
While none of the gunplay seems to be connected, the death of a 25-year-old man whose body was found resting under a truck Wednesday night brings to four the number of homicides in the city for the year.
Last year the city had 13 homicides in total.
Anti-violence activist James Johnson said Thursday if something isn’t done by residents, police and the greater community, the city could see a return to the worse periods of violence from the past.
“We’ve got to get to the people,” said Johnson, a local church elder.
He also called for greater acceptance of the word “snitching” when it comes to reporting who is doing the shooting.
“They have to tell on their sons, their daughters, their neighbors,” Johnson said of residents who know about the violence. “When they see it in their neighborhood, they have to speak out. That’s the only way we’re going to be done with this thing.”
The week that was:
Bail was set at $950,000 Thursday for a man accused of shooting a beer delivery driver outside the Neighbor Store at 1740 E. Montague Monday afternoon.
Melvin Smalls III, 26, of Deep Blue Lane in North Charleston, was charged with three counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Smalls is accused of shooting and hitting 24-year-old David Scott Jr. of Goose Creek, who authorities said was an innocent bystander when Smalls shot at the occupants of a separate vehicle. Officers found Scott bleeding in the back bed of his Budweiser truck.
A family member said Scott is home and recuperating from a gunshot wound to his torso, but is angry that he won’t able to deploy next month to Afghanistan with his military unit as he had planned.
“He can move,” said his sister Tanisha Lipscomb. “Thank God.”
About a mile away and two hours after Scott’s shooting, bullets struck an unoccupied car at a house at 5421 Togerson Ave.
A beach cruiser bicycle may be a key clue in the shooting of a man at Cosmopolitan and Echo streets.
A police incident report said a 24-year-old man was shot in the left leg above the knee by a suspect who approached him and an argument ensued.
“The suspect pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the leg and then rode off on a beach cruiser bicycle,” the report stated.
A .45-caliber gun casing was recovered at the scene.
Police said 25-year-old Antonio McCullough, of North Charleston, was shot to death ambush-style while he was on his way to visit an acquaintance at about 10 p.m.
Authorities said McCullough was jumped by two men who emerged from the end of Wales Court in Collins Park Villas and opened fire.
Officers found the wounded man lying face-down, partially underneath a parked truck in the driveway of 4224 Wales Court. He was later pronounced dead and was believed to have previously lived in the area.
Police have made no arrests in the killing. The shooting occurred in a neighborhood of earth-toned brick and wood townhouses on streets with British-sounding names near the intersection of Dorchester Road and Michaux Parkway.
According to a statement from police, witnesses said they heard several shots and later saw at least two males running from the area.
One woman said she heard six shots in all. Two neighbors said police had been called to a disturbance in the same area about two weeks ago.
An unidentified man was shot in the leg around 1 p.m. while he was on his way to the S&L Supermarket at 3842 Rivers Ave.
The shooting occurred when a man got out of a vehicle at Rivers Avenue and Gullah Lane and began firing shots at the victim, according to police department spokesman Spencer Pryor.
The victim ran behind the supermarket and called police. He was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening injury, Pryor said. Police were looking for the suspect.
Glenn Smith, Natalie Caula and Brenda Rindge contributed to this report. Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551.