Man wanted in fatal shooting on Johns Island surrenders

Samuri Stanley, 22, of Bohicket Road, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

A 22-year-old man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting on Johns Island surrendered Wednesday to Charleston police.

Samuri Stanley, of Bohicket Road in Charleston, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, police spokesman Charles Francis said. The arrest was made four days after the shooting death of Dwayne Blake, 38.

A witness saw Stanley shoot Blake around 10:30 p.m. Saturday near Bozo Lane and Spence Drive, Francis said.

Calls flooded Charleston County’s Consolidated 911 Dispatch Center with reports of the shooting. Several of the callers looked out of their homes and saw a man lying on the ground and bleeding from wounds to his neck.

“The neighborhood is going into complete chaos,” one woman told dispatchers. “Everyone’s screaming and yelling.”

Another woman managed between screams to identify herself as Blake’s fiancee as she pleaded with dispatchers to send help right away.

A witness identified Stanley as the shooter in a photo lineup, Francis said.

Stanley’s girlfriend reportedly got into a confrontation with Blake and he pushed her, police said. She walked away but later returned with a stick and Stanley by her side, Francis said.

A struggle ensued between Blake and the woman, Francis said. Blake attempted to walk away from the fight shortly before Stanley shot him, police said.

Blake wasn’t responsive when officers arrived at the scene, according to police supplemental reports. He was transported to Medical University Hospital where he later died. Stanley was being held Wednesday at the Charleston County jail pending a bond hearing.

Stanley was convicted of third-degree assault and battery in June, State Law Enforcement Division records show. He pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and other controlled substances in August, according to Charleston County court records.

An investigation into Saturday’s shooting is ongoing, Francis said.

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