Resident arrested after shooting man going house to house late at night

Ryan Gadsden

A man was shot in the leg after knocking on doors trying to find a phone early Tuesday, according to North Charleston police.

Officers were called to Joppa Avenue near Spruill Avenue before 5 a.m. to check out a shooting. They found a man who had been shot in the calf, North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said. He was taken to Medical University Hospital.

Detectives learned the 22-year-old victim was staying a hotel in Moncks Corner while working in the area, Pryor said. He was at an adult entertainment club on Pittsburg Avenue in Charleston and missed his ride home, so he started walking around the Joppa Avenue area knocking on doors trying to find a phone.

A man came out of a house at 1988 Joppa St., showed the man who was knocking on doors a weapon and told the guy to go away, Pryor said. The man who was in the house got a club and started swinging, then shot the man who was knocking on doors as he ran away, according to police.

The shooter was identified as Ryan Gadsden, 30, of Popperdam Creek Drive in North Charleston. He was charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He was being held in the Charleston County jail.

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