Man who felt pestered shoots North Charleston-area resident in foot, report says

A man didn’t want to be pestered any longer, so he shot a North Charleston-area resident in the foot Sunday night, an incident report stated.

No one was immediately named as a suspect, and the wounded man, 44-year-old Albert Lathel Coaxum, was expected to recover. He was treated at Medical University Hospital.

The report from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office did not offer further details about what the men had been arguing about before the gunfire.

Deputies responded to a call around 10:55 a.m. from a 24-year-old man in a mobile home park at 4409 W. Montague Ave. who said his uncle, Coaxum, had been shot. The nephew later told the deputies what he had heard and seen, according to the report:

About five minutes before the shooting, he heard someone at the front door, which was barricaded with furniture because the lock wasn’t working. Coaxum tried to get in. Another man was there with him.

They argued, but Coaxum’s nephew didn’t know what they were quarrelling about. He asked the men to settle down.

Coaxum appeared to be intentionally aggravating the man.

The man told Coaxum that the argument “won’t end well” if he didn’t stop pestering him.

That’s when Coaxum’s nephew heard a gunshot in the home’s front room. The man had a black revolver.

“See, I could have shot you more,” the man said.

“You shot me,” Coaxum said.

The gunman left with the revolver still in his hand.

Responding deputies found Coaxum with a bloody, makeshift bandage wrapped around his left foot, covering a wound on his inner arch. They saw blood in the front room.

No one named any possible suspects. The gunman was described in the report as a 27-year-old black man standing about 6-foot and wearing black shorts, a green shirt and flip-flops.

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