A disagreement over an illicit drug transaction led to a fatal shooting inside a North Charleston gas station Friday, police said today.
The victim, 34-year-old Kenneth Lamont Robinson, of South Rhett Avenue, died at the scene from a gunshot wound, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kelly Kraus said today . A 23-year-old man is suspected of being the killer.
North Charleston police were dispatched to the Exxon at 2330 Ashley Phosphate Road around 12:30 p.m. Friday, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said. When they arrived, they found Robinson inside with gunshot wounds. The gas station was closed and the parking lot was sealed off as investigators talked with witnesses and gathered evidence.
Investigators determined that Robinson and another man had been involved in a previous dispute over an illegal drug transaction, Pryor said.
On Friday, Robinson arrived at the gas station shortly before 12:30 p.m. The other man is thought to have been hiding in a rest room, waiting for Robinson. The man came out of the rest room brandishing a handgun, which he fired at Robinson numerous times, Pryor said. The gunman then took something from Robinson, who was lying on the floor, and then walked out of the store.
Witnesses said the shooter drove away in white Chrysler 200 or 300 sedan towards Northwoods Boulevard.
A vehicle matching that description was later observed and stopped on Rivers Avenue near Durant Ave with a female driver, Pryor said.
The woman told police she dropped the shooter off in the area of Northwoods Mall. Officers searched the area for him, but were unsuccessful in locating him.
An arrest warrant has been issued charging Montre Desean Brown, 23, of Alabama Drive, with Robinson's murder, Pryor said.
Anyone with information on Brown's whereabouts should contact North Charleston Police at 554-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.