Police: Man dead in North Charleston shooting

North Charleston police blocked off Saratoga Road in the Dorchester-Waylyn neighborhood after a shooting there today. Four area schools were locked down as police investigated. The lockdown was lifted at 1:20 p.m. Buy this photo

Three gunshots disrupted North Charleston’s Dorchester- Waylyn community before noon Thursday, the city’s second significant shooting of the day.

The gunfire around 11:30 a.m. left one man bleeding from the head and leg outside a house in the 2700 block of Saratoga Road, which is north of Dorchester Road, neighbors said.

The man was taken to Medical University Hospital where he later died, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified the man who died as Rodriguez Henderson, 19, of North Charleston.

Pryor could not immediately confirm the location of the man’s bullet wounds.

Residents reported seeing police officers finding a handgun underneath the bleeding man after they rolled him over. The North Charleston Police Department has not discussed what might have led to the shooting.

The incident on Saratoga Road ignited a hunt for the people responsible. A helicopter hovered overhead as sheriff’s dogs tried to pick up a scent of two men seen running from the crime scene.

Pryor said it is not known whether the men were involved in the shooting.

Four schools were placed on lockdown during two hours of the search, which did not immediately produce any suspects. School district spokesman Jason Sakran said officials lifted the measure at 1:20 p.m. for Burns Elementary, Memminger Elementary, James Simons Elementary and Garrett Academy of Technology.

A man who identified himself only as Mark said he was watching television when he heard the trio of gunshots in quick secession. He walked out to the sight of the wounded man bleeding in his neighbor’s yard at 2721 Saratoga Road, a mix of bare dirt, grass and shrubs.

But the victim was unfamiliar and not thought to be associated with his neighbor, he said.

Mark, a resident of the community for the past 30 years, said the shooting angered him. He has seen at least three such crimes on his street in the past year, he said.

“They could have hit some kid in one of these houses,” he said. “I want to know where they’re getting their guns. They’re not going to the gun shop, I know that.”

Michelle Delesline was inside her home cooking when she heard gunshots fired up the street.

She immediately ran outside and called 911.

“This happens here all the time,” she said. She makes sure to call authorities every time it does, hoping to clean up the neighborhood, she said.

Reach Andrew Knapp at 937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.

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