Police searching for man after report of shots being fired on James Island

Charleston police officers were searching a house in a James Island neighborhood Saturday for a man suspected of firing a gun at another person. The suspect was not found in the house, police said.

Charleston police were blocking streets in a James Island neighborhood Saturday afternoon as they searched a house for a person suspected of having fired a gun at another person who was standing outside.

About 3 p.m. the Charleston Police Department’s mobile command post was seen driving with lights and sirens on Folly Road near Harbor View Road. A spokeswoman for Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch said police were responding to Westwood Drive for a report of a barricaded person.

Police spokesman Charles Francis said police were blocking off streets in the area of Westwood Drive because they were looking for a man inside a residence.

Francis identified the man as Ishmel Lemon, 28. Lemon lived on Seacroft Road in Charleston as recent as August, according to court records. He is wanted on charges of second-degree assault and battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, Francis said.

Sineca Place, Bresee Street and Seacroft Road were blocked off as police searched a house on Seacroft Road, Francis said in a news release.

A Post and Courier photographer reported seeing police deploy a robotic device at the scene.

The incident began about 10:15 a.m. Saturday, when shots were reportedly fired at a person standing in a yard on Westwood Drive, Francis said. The suspect was seen going into a house on Seacroft Road.

Shortly after 4 p.m., Francis sent a follow-up release saying the suspect was not found inside the house that was searched and police were no longer at the scene.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the shooting can contact Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.