Man grazed by bullet in North Charleston drug deal dropped hat with hole in it, police say

Traevon McCullough

A man who was grazed by a bullet in a North Charleston drug deal Monday night left behind his gun, backpack and a hat with a hole in the back, according to police.

Traevon McCullough, 20, of Beauregard Court in Summerville is charged with illegal possession of narcotics and unlawful carrying of a firearm.

The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. in the Forrest Hills neighborhood, according to the police report. The area is off Dorchester Road east of Ashley Phosphate Road.

McCullough told police three men approached him while he was standing outside his vehicle on Warsaw Road, tried to rob him and shot him. Officers noted minor bleeding from the back of his head. McCullough told police he returned fire and dropped a .380-caliber handgun as he ran. Officers said they retrieved the gun, a hat with a hole in the back and a black backpack containing narcotics on Warsaw Road.

McCullough said one of the suspects ran into an apartment on Old Ridge Road, according to the report. He said two others fled toward Lowell Drive in an older model Chevrolet Cavalier that was driven by a woman.

“During the investigation, officers located narcotics on the victim, and the victim admitted that the weapon found on scene belonged to him,” police spokesman Spencer Pryor said. “The victim also admitted to investigators that he went to the location to conduct a drug transaction.”

McCullough was treated on scene and booked into the Charleston County jail. His bail was set at $22,000.

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