911 calls give few clues a week after shooting threw North Charleston neighborhood into a panic

Malique Chaney

A man visiting a friend at a North Charleston home was shot to death outside the doorway last week, and all investigators can say publicly is that the bullets came from somewhere in the dark.

Malique Chaney, 21, was killed outside a house on Nibbs Lane shortly before 11 p.m. Feb. 15. Detectives from the North Charleston Police Department have no suspects and have not determined where the shots came from, agency spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

The neighborhood is between Ashley Phosphate and Dorchester roads.

No motive was known. The only criminal convictions for Chaney, a Cambridge Avenue resident, were for possession of marijuana, according to a background check from the State Law Enforcement Division.

Calls to 911 operators that were released this week give few clues.

In the first call, a car alarm blares in the background as a hysterical woman tries to get help for the man dying in her doorway.

“Please, hurry up. I think he’s dead,” she pleads with the operator. “Somebody just rolled by and started shooting. ... Oh, my God. Oh, my God.”

A neighbor tells another dispatcher that he heard six or seven gunshots. Somebody is pounding at his door, but he’s afraid to open it.

“I peeped out the window, and then I got out of the window because I didn’t want to get shot,” he says. “I hear some girl out there screaming. ... Some girl was knocking on the door, but I’m not opening the damn door.

“I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t want to know what’s going on.”

Another caller said she heard the shots and saw a light-color, late-model car speeding away. She noticed people milling around outside.

“I don’t live in that kind of neighborhood,” she says.

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