Police ID victim in fatal shooting on Baxter St. in North Charleston

A man was shot to death in the parking lot of this apartment complex at the corner of Baxter Street and Chicora Ave Wednesday night. (Brad Nettles/postandcourier.com) 5/24/12

A man shot to death on Baxter Street in North Charleston Wednesday night had gone out to get pain reliever for his girlfriend’s sore shoulder, police said.

Gregory Myers, 34, lived at the Chicora Avenue apartment complex where he died.

Neighbors who heard gunfire the night before wonder about a connection between the two incidents. Capt. Scott Deckard said police continue to investigate,“but it’s justspeculation at this point to say the two cases are related.

Deckard said Myers left his home to go to a nearby store to get some Tylenol to alleviate his girlfriend’s shoulder. Someone confronted him along the way and shot him, Deckard said.

Investigators found crack cocaine near the scene of the shooting, and the police report mentions a small plastic bag found in Myers’ right hand. Deckard said police suspect drugs played a role in the killing.

The night before, someone shot 23-year-old DeANgelo Vandross multiple at 1921 Baxter Street, according to a police report. Vandross told police that he saw a man wearing all black standing in the middle of the road, as he headed toward Spruill Avenue on his bicycle at 10:45 p.m.

The man book out a black handgun and shot at him, Vandross told police, and then ran away between two houses. Investigators found 10 shell casings on the ground nearby, according to a police report.

Neighbor JoAnne Dougherty said she and her daughter heard several pops Tuesday night and then saw blue lights from police cars responding to Baxter Street near Spruill Avenue. Last night they heard nothing but saw the red lights of an ambulance heading to the other side of Baxter at the corner of Chicora Street.

Dougherty had just finished watching the “American Idol” season finale when her neighbors began gathering around the beige apartment complex where police say someone shot Myers. The neighbors spoke of a possible connection to the previous night’s gunfire.

Myers died at the scene. Thursday morning only a trail of blood, most of it covered with dirt, remained in the apartment building parking lot.

Dougherty said she and her adult daughter moved to Baxter Street from New York in October, unaware of any safety concerns in the neighborhood. Until this incident, she said, they had no problems.

“We’re ready to break the lease if we have to,” Dougherty said.

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