Goose Creek police are looking for a 24-year-old in connection with the shooting death of another man whose body was found Sept. 18 in Dogwood Park.
Stephon Johnson, who was thought to be “moving about” in the North Charleston and Goose Creek areas, is wanted on a charge of murder, police Capt. John Grainger said Tuesday.
Johnson’s most recent address was not clear, Grainger said. Johnson was described as a 5-foot-7, 185-pound black man with black hair and brown eyes.
Tuesday’s development came after some children playing at the park’s playground on Liberty Hall Road came across the body of 40-year-old William Marshall Kuhn. The North Charleston man had been shot once in the head.
“Johnson is known to carry a pistol and is believed to be armed and dangerous,” Grainger said in a statement.
Anyone who knows where Johnson might be is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111. Callers to the hot line will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.
Tipsters also can contact Goose Creek police at 863-5200 or one of the agency’s investigators looking into the homicide, Paul Tremblay, at 863-5200, ext. 2463.
Grainger declined to add additional details about Johnson’s involvement in the case or about how detectives linked him to Kuhn’s death.
A photo included in a wanted flier showed Johnson flashing a peace sign and wearing sunglasses as he grips the hand of a child, whose face isn’t visible. Surveillance footage in the poster also captured him walking on a patio outside a building.
The Dayton Daily News reported this week that Kuhn was a former Ohio resident who was legally blind and moved to Charleston two months ago for an opportunity to work a government job in a mini-mart. His family told the newspaper that Kuhn, because of his physical disabilities, was permitted to drive only during the day. They didn’t know what Kuhn was doing in the park or if he was there alone, the newspaper reported.
“They didn’t have to kill him, for sure,” his brother, George Kuhn Jr., told the Dayton newspaper. “He couldn’t defend himself. We’re just devastated.”
The newspaper reported that Kuhn, who was separated, leaves behind two sons, ages 18 and 8.
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