North Charleston driver in critical condition after drive-by shooting intended for different vehicle

A driver is in critical condition at Medical University Hospital after being mistakenly shot in a drive-by incident in North Charleston.

The identity of the victim has not yet been released. Officers were called about 2 a.m. to the area of Lawrence Street and Constitution Avenue after several people called in reports of two vehicles chasing and shooting at each other, according to police spokesman Spencer Pryor.

Witnesses told officers that a dark vehicle was chasing a silver car and turned west onto Dorchester Road. Dispatch continued to receive calls from residents who saw the vehicles were still shooting at each other as they sped down Dorchester Road, Pryor said.

The vehicles ultimately chased each other to Ashley Phosphate, in the area of Interstate 26.

The investigation is ongoing but initial reports indicate the silver car, a Chrysler 300, exited Ashley Phosphate onto I-26 East. The second vehicle, possibly a Blue Saturn Vue, observed an unrelated Chrylser 300 on Ashley Phosphate near Northwoods Boulevard and fired four rounds into the driver’s side door/window, striking the driver once, according to Pryor.

Officers were able to stop the original fleeing Chrysler 300 on I-26 and detained four people. Their identities were not released and it is not clear if they have been charged.

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