Family of Charleston shooting victim hope for leads to find killer

Antwan ‘Dusty’ Frost cuts up at a friend’s wedding last year. His sister said he was known as a comedian.

A longtime cook for downtown Charleston restaurants who was fatally shot while visiting friends on Norman Street early Saturday was not known for getting into trouble, his sister said.

Antwan Frost, 32, known as “Dusty,” worked at Bay Street Biergarten and was known for his cheerful personality, Shanecqua Frost said.

On his way home Saturday morning, he stepped into the house at 36 Norman St. to see a friend, his sister said. During some sort of argument, she added, he was hit by gunfire.

“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Shanecqua Frost said.

Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting that wounded two others and have not identified the intended target, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said.

“He didn’t involve himself in foolishness,” his sister said. “He was one of the good people out there who was making a living. He was someone who promoted peace and positivity.”

Before he cooked for several years in the kitchen of the East Bay Street restaurant, Antwan Frost had worked at Bocci’s, a now-defunct Italian eatery on Church Street, his sister said. He was single and did not have children, she said.

An argument the day before her brother’s death that pitted some women and men could have led to the gunfire at the Norman Street house, Shanecqua Frost said.

Two women also were injured and treated at a hospital, according to an incident report. Investigators declined to say whether the women told the police anything about the confrontation.

Antwan Frost’s only criminal conviction came in 2001 for first-offense possession of cocaine, for which he was given counseling and probation, according to a State Law Enforcement Division background check.

“That’s when he turned his life around,” his sister said.

Anyone with information about the shooting should leave a tip with Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111 or call dispatchers at (843) 743-7200 and ask for the on-call Charleston police detective.

Reach Dave Munday at (843) 937-5553.