Grieving relatives and friends of a man gunned down outside a North Charleston nightclub on Thursday question why the 22-year-old was killed.
Two men were shot by an unknown gunman as they left Charley O’s club shortly before 2:30 a.m., police spokesman Spencer Pryor said. One man died; the other was wounded, police said.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified the slain man as Miquel Snipe, 22, of North Charleston. Family members said he lived on Admiral Drive. The other man wounded was Snipe’s cousin, family said.
Snipe was a devoted family man, Leroy Snipe said while reflecting on his nephew’s memory. He spent most of his time caring for his three children or socializing with loved ones, he said.
Snipe went to Charley O’s at 4224 Dorchester Road for a night out with his cousin before he was killed, according to family members.
A fight occurred earlier in the night, Pryor said. Someone inside a black GMC Yukon followed the two men as they walked across the street to their car, which was parked at a CK Supply parking lot, 4311 Dorchester Road.
At least five bullet holes marked the warehouse’s siding where the shots were fired. By the time the gunfire ended, Snipe was fatally wounded and his cousin was hit in the right arm. That man refused medical treatment, Pryor said.
Relatives and friends gathered at the slain man’s home to comfort each other Thursday afternoon.
“My baby’s dead,” Snipe’s mother repeatedly cried, while clinging to the arms of family members inside the home.
She had planned to spend the day apartment hunting with her son, Leroy Snipe said. Instead, she spent the day grieving his loss.
Authorities still are searching for the shooter, described as a black man between 5 feet 10 and 11 inches tall, with dreadlocks. He was wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and a red hat, Pryor said.
Snipe was a good man, and his mother stayed on him to keep him out of trouble, Leroy Snipe said. Snipe was convicted of marijuana possession in 2008, 2009 and 2011 but that was the extent of his criminal record, according to State Law Enforcement Division records.