Mount Pleasant shooting victim limps to court to face suspect

Darryl Evans

The man who was shot and left to die in Mount Pleasant earlier this month limped into court for a bond hearing for the suspect Tuesday morning, guarded by three deputies and three police officers.

Darryl Nicholas Evans II, 24, of Ashley Hall Plantation Road was arrested Monday night on warrants for attempted murder and possession of a weapon in the commission of a violent crime in connection with the shooting around 8:25 p.m. April 6. He appeared in bond court via a television monitor from the jail.

The shooting victim limped to the front of the room to join his mother in addressing the judge. Three deputies stood near the walls, a detective stood by the victim’s side, and another detective and an officer stood in the rear.

“I don’t know why you did what you did,” the wounded man told Evans. “You’ve got my mother scared. I almost died. I just don’t know why.”

The two were in a car together on Mathis Ferry Road near 5th Avenue when Evans pulled over and told the man to get out, according to the arrest affidavit. Investigators say Evans then also got out and starting shooting. A bullet passed through the victim’s right bicep and into his liver. Two others went through his right pelvis.

About a dozen nearby residents reported hearing more than 10 gunshots and screaming that night. They rushed out to see a bleeding man walk out from some woods and collapse in the parking lot of an apartment complex, according to 911 calls.

Police publicly identified Evans as the suspect April 11. U.S. Marshals took him into custody Monday on King Street.

“Last night after him being captured was the first night I’ve had a peaceful sleep,” his mother told the judge.

Magistrate Priscilla Baldwin set Evans’ bail on the weapons charge at $300,000. A circuit judge will have to set bail on the attempted murder charge.

Evans told the judge he finished 10th grade at James Island High School and has been working for a construction company.

He was convicted of strong-arm robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime in January 2012 and sentenced to five years in prison, according to Charleston County court records.

He was convicted of possession of cocaine last May and given credit for nine months jail time.

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