Diana Stevens cooked dinner and watched television in her bedroom while waiting for her daughter to pay her a visit at her Gaynor Avenue home Wednesday night.
She didn’t see or hear anything out of the ordinary until her daughter yelled from outside that a man was lying in a ditch in front of her house along the road’s 4700 block.
Stevens immediately called 911. Authorities pronounced the man dead at the scene shortly after 9 p.m.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office identified him as 51-year-old Wallace Hazelton of North Charleston.
Hazelton died of a gunshot wound, Deputy Coroner Kimberly Rhoton said.
A deputy noted a single wound to the back and a bicycle near the body, according to the incident report.
North Charleston police are treating the death as a homicide. Police had no motives or suspects Thursday, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.
Wallace’s criminal record included convictions for writing bad checks, forgery, burglary, breaking into a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, driving under suspension, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of less than an ounce of cocaine.
Investigators searched the road Thursday morning for clues, but authorities have not said whether anything was found.
Like Stevens, other neighbors said they did not hear anything outside their homes Wednesday night.
One neighbor, Cynthia Price, said she didn’t learn about what happened in front of her home until she watched the news Thursday morning.
“It’s kind of frightening in a way, with it being that close to home and me not knowing about it,” Price said.
Police are asking anyone with information to call 554-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.
Dave Munday contributed to this report.