Report: Man died in shootout at North Charleston mobile home park

John Quintez Daniels

The 27-year-old man slain last weekend in North Charleston had been involved in a shootout at a mobile home community near Park Circle, according to an incident report released Monday.

John Quintez Daniels of Bull Street in Charleston was hit several times during the gun battle around 9:25 a.m. Saturday at 4503 Oakwood Ave. He died at the scene.

Officials from the North Charleston Police Department have not announced any arrests in connection with the crime, but the report noted that officers found a cellphone on the path that a suspect used to flee. The police had released little information about the shooting before releasing the report Monday.

Daniels was a felon with a long history of arrests since 2005, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. His convictions included discharging a firearm, possessing a stolen gun, cocaine possession and distributing drugs.

His death is the 15th homicide this year in North Charleston and the 71st in the tri-county area, according to The Post and Courier’s homicide database. Agencies in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties reported 66 slayings in all of 2014.

Police officers responded to the community southwest of Buist and Spruill avenues after fielding reports of two men shooting at each other there, the report stated. At least one resident told officers that he heard the gunshots and saw two men getting into a white SUV or wagon when he came outside.

When the authorities got there, Daniels was lying face down on the ground near a mobile home with blood near his head. He was wearing black jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt. He wasn’t moving, the officers reported.

A .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver with a pink handle lay near Daniels’ body. The gun had been stolen from an owner in Charleston, the report stated.

The officers also came across 14 shell casings in the area, indicating that another gun had been involved in the shooting. Revolvers do not automatically eject shells.

The police noted finding the cell phone nearby, but they did not say in the report whether it pointed to any suspects.

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