Fatal King Street shooting may have been retaliation

Deandre Bradley, 27, was killed Saturday in a shooting outside a home at 703 King St.

A party at a downtown home was interrupted Saturday when several gunshots rang out on King Street, sending people running for safety.

Officers arrived at 703 King St. about 2 a.m. to find Deandre Bradley of West Ashley lying in a pool of blood with gunshot wounds to his lower left leg and right arm.

Supplemental reports released by Charleston police suggest the 27-year-old man killed in the shooting may have been a victim of retaliation.

Bradley had several run-ins with police and a reputation on the streets.

“Yeah I know that guy,” one resident told police of Bradley. “He sells drugs around here, I see him all the time.”

Bradley was convicted for drug possession in April 2007 and has several felony charges but never was convicted.

Bradley’s girlfriend told police he refused to buy alcohol for a party on Line Street several months prior to the shooting and was beaten and robbed as a result.

Bradley reported the incident to police and an arrest was made in the case.

The woman told police someone likely killed Bradley to get revenge.

Several family members who arrived after the shooting said Bradley was on his way to his grandmother’s house on Sumter Street before he died. Partygoers attempted to keep him awake, the reports said, but Bradley was nonresponsive by the time the first officer arrived. Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kelly Kraus said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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