A man was fatally shot early this evening in Walterboro, according to authorities who responded to the scene.

Before 7 p.m., a man’s body was found in front of the Pinebrook Mobile Home Park at Francis and Crosby streets.

The scene is on Walterboro’s east side, just within city limits, so the Walterboro Public Safety Department is in charge of the investigation.

Public safety spokeswoman Elizabeth Boineau confirmed that a man was down in the city, but she said she could provide no further details because the authorities had just arrived.

The shooting came two days after Walterboro Public Safety Chief Otis Rhodes and Colleton County Sheriff Andy Strickland called for the community’s help in stemming a recent uptick in gang-related violence.

On Tuesday, a 34-year-old mother of three was fatally shot outside her home on Westside Lane in unincorporated Colleton County west of Interstate 95. A 28-year-old man also was wounded.

Authorities said the woman, Rebecca Marshelle Dewitte, was caught in the crossfire of two groups feuding over drug-dealing territory.

Walterboro has struggled with gang violence in the past. But raids in 2010 that targeted gang members helped quell the violent crime.

The city reported 50 violent crimes in 2011, compared with 118 in 2009.

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