Man, 59, fatally shot in downtown Charleston house, police say

A 59-year-old man was fatally shot late Thursday inside his home in downtown Charleston, according to a police report.

The Charleston Police Department responded at 11:14 p.m. to the house at 943 King St.

The neighborhood is in the upper portion of the Charleston peninsula. It's between Hampton Park to the west and the interchange of Interstate 26 and U.S. Highway 17 to the east.

People flagged down officers as the police reached the scene, the incident report stated. They said someone had been shot inside.

The officers found Ronald Robinson lying on the dining-room floor, their report stated. Someone had shot him with a pistol, and he wasn't responding, according to the document.

The report indicated that 56-year-old Elizabeth Robinson also lived there.

It gave a faint description of the gunman: a 5-foot-7, 150-pound black man.

The Charleston County Coroner's Office confirmed Friday that Robinson was the person who was slain.

His death is the second homicide reported this year in Charleston.

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