Charleston police searched Lee Street after a man was found shot in an apartment Tuesday, but the gunman remained at large.

The shooting happened about noon, police spokesman Charles Francis said.

Authorities searched for a gunman they described as a slender black man wearing a yellow safety vest and a red 59/fifty ball cap with a black brim.

A man was taken to Medical University Hospital with gunshot wounds. Authorities did not identify him, and his condition was not available Tuesday.

Francis could not confirm how many times the man was shot.

A crowd of neighbors gathered along the street in Charleston’s East Side.

“This is happening too regular around here for no one to know what’s going on,” JoAnne Shine said.

Shine said when she first arrived on Lee Street she saw the victim’s sister crying while authorities tended to her brother.

“I said, ‘What’s wrong baby?’ and patted her on her back. She cried and said, ‘They shot my brother in the back,’ ” Shine said.

The scene unfolded adjacent to Sanders-Clyde Elementary School on Morrison Drive. The school was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure while police cleared the scene, district spokesman Jason Sakran said.

Parents watched from a distance while waiting to pick up their children.

“I turned around immediately when I found out because I wanted to pick up my son, but I knew they wouldn’t let me,” Saderris Turner said while watching officers search the neighborhood with a police dog. “This happens here more times than not. It’s too much. It’s right next to a school.”

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