North Charleston police: Shooting victim had gun, cash in car

Derrick Porter (left) and Fitzgerald Byas

The man who was shot inside a car in a North Charleston parking lot Saturday had a loaded gun in his pocket and cash on the seat, according to a police report released Monday.

Fitzgerald Byas, 29, of Cherry Hill Road in Hollywood was shot in the head and taken to Medical University Hospital, according to the report.

Police were looking for Derrick Lamar Porter, 29, who is from the Ravenel area but is known to frequent Pine Ridge Circle in North Charleston.

The shooting was reported around 3:40 p.m. in a parking lot at 2000 McMillan Ave. Officers found a man who had been shot in the right side of the forehead sitting in the driver’s seat of a Chrysler 2000 with Florida tags with the driver’s door open, according to the report.

An officer helping lift the victim out of the car noted that a loaded black Hi-Point 9 mm handgun fell out of his right front pants pocket, cash was on the seat and the car smelled like marijuana. They said they found a 9 mm shell casing on the pavement next to the front passenger tire.

Witnesses told police they saw a man leaving the area in a Ford Taurus with a sunroof and initials on the front passenger side. Police found the car parked in Pine Ridge Apartments but not the owner and towed the car for processing.

Byas had been charged with murder in 2011 but not convicted, and Porter had been charged with attempted murder in June 2012 but the case dropped, according to Charleston County records.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 843-554-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.