A resident of Collins Park Villas in North Charleston called 911 late Wednesday after she heard four or five loud gunshots just outside her apartment, where she lives with her children.
She knew that the gunfire was close, but she couldn’t tell dispatchers much more.
“You’re not going outside,” she yelled to people in her home around 10 p.m. “No, you’re not.”
But moments later, she called back to report that she had seen a man run and take cover under a red Dodge Ram pickup. It was the first indication that the authorities had received that someone could have been wounded.
“We heard shots fired, and now we see somebody under the truck,” the caller said. “I don’t know if he’s shot or not. I don’t know if he’s alive or not.”
North Charleston Police Department officers soon arrived at 4224 Wales Court and found 25-year-old Antonio Lee Rashard McCullough bleeding near the Dodge’s front passenger tire.
He later was pronounced dead.
The Post and Courier obtained copies of five 911 calls made by residents who heard the gunfire after the newspaper filed an S.C. Freedom of Information Act request.
McCullough’s slaying, which authorities have described as an ambush, was the fourth in the city this year, and a spike in shootings recently has prompted community activists and city officials to plea with the public for help in stemming violent crime.
The police had not announced any arrests in McCullough’s death by this morning. Agency spokesman Spencer Pryor said McCullough had arrived on Wales Court to visit an acquaintance when two men emerged from the shadows and shot at him.
The resident of Forbes Street in Charleston has a history of being involved in the Lowcountry drug trade.
McCullough has felony convictions for possession with intent to distribute cocaine in 2006 and possession of cocaine base in 2007.
He was arrested in March 2012 on suspicion of trafficking in more than 10 grams of crack cocaine. That felony charge was dropped this morning because of his death.
The 911 recordings capture the panic among some residents after they heard about five gunshots.
“They’re shooting around here,” one woman said. “I had to make my kids get on the ... floor because the shots sound close.”
A male caller told dispatchers that two men had emerged and shot another, then ran away. He said they were wearing white T-shirts, but the caller was hesitant to investigate further.
“I’m not even on that side of the street,” he said. “I’m not going over there.”
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