Police: Shootings link is speculation

A man was shot to death in the parking lot of this apartment complex at Baxter Street and Chicora Avenue on Wednesday night.

A woman screaming beside the body of a man shot to death Wednesday night in North Charleston told police her boyfriend was on his way to get her pain medication when someone killed him.

Gregory Myers, 34, died in the parking lot of the apartment complex where he lived, at Baxter Street and Chicora Avenue.

Another shooting occurred just down the street the night before, and neighbors wondered about a connection between the two incidents. Capt. Scott Deckard of the North Charleston Police Department said the investigation continues, and “it’s just speculation at this point to say the two cases are related.”

Shortly after 9 p.m., Myers left his home in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood to go to a nearby store to get some Tylenol to alleviate his girlfriend’s shoulder pain, Deckard said. Someone confronted him along the way and shot him, he said.

Investigators found crack cocaine near the scene of the shooting, and police suspect drugs played a role in the killing, Deckard said. The police report mentions a small plastic bag found in Myers’ right hand that was “consistent with illegal drug activity.”

The night before, someone shot 23-year-old DeAngelo Vandross multiple times on 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 took out a black handgun and shot at him, Vandross told police. The gunman then ran away between two houses. Investigators found 10 spent cartridges 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. Wednesday night, the mother and daughter heard nothing but saw the red lights of an ambulance heading to the other side of Baxter at the corner of Chicora Avenue.

Dougherty had just finished watching the “American Idol” season finale when her neighbors began gathering around the beige apartment complex where 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. Now, they’re ready to move.

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

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