North Charleston police officers who responded to reports of a shooting Monday night found a car crashed into a fence on Lester Street and a hole in the driver's-side window, according to an incident report released the next day.
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A man behind the wheel was dead.
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Donald Tyree Brown, 24, who was a quarter mile from his home on Nesbit Avenue, had become the city's 14th homicide victim this year. Sixteen people were slain there in all of 2013.
Deputy County Coroner Kimberly Rhoton confirmed the victim's identity Tuesday afternoon, but the North Charleston Police Department had released no information about any suspects in Brown's slaying.
Police officers responded around 8:30 p.m. Monday to 1830 Lester St. after a woman called 911 and told a dispatcher that someone had been shot there. The crime scene in the Ferndale community was just north of the intersection of East Montague and Nesbit avenues.
The Post and Courier obtained the woman's 911 call Tuesday after a request under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act.
"I just heard a gunshot, and I see a car parked right there," the caller said. "A young guy is in the car. He's been hit."
When they showed up, officers later noted in their report, it looked as though the white Pontiac Grand Am had driven into the fence near a utility pole, according to the report. They saw a bullet wound in the left side of his chest and a hole in the window next to him.
The police broke more of the glass in that window because the driver's door was locked, they reported.
Brown didn't have a pulse, but the officers and some rescuers grabbed his belt, pulled him outside and tried to revive him, the report stated. Their efforts were fruitless.
The police and the documents they released Tuesday contained no further information about what might have prompted the shooting.
The State Law Enforcement Division had no records of Brown ever being arrested in South Carolina.
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