Two arrested on drug charges after Goose Creek shooting

Trey Joshua Law (left) and Dominique Montrell McConnell

Two men were arrested after one of them was shot in what Goose Creek police are calling a drug deal gone bad.

At 7:43 p.m. Friday, Goose Creek police officers were sent to Persimmon Circle to check out a report of a gunshot and a fleeing white Toyota Avalon, according to the incident report. The street is in the Oak Creek subdivision, which is off St. James Avenue behind the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

An officer said she noticed a car matching the description speeding out of the subdivision and followed it into the Wal-Mart parking lot. Trey Joshua Law, 19, of Raritan Road was driving and Dominique Montrell McConnell, 19, of Aldene Avenue was in the passenger’s seat.

The men gave conflicting accounts of what happened. One of them said they were trying to sell some shoes and the other that they were buying graduation presents at Wal-Mart and noticed some men messing with their car, according to the report.

An officer noticed McConnell’s left ankle was bleeding.

Officers said the car smelled like marijuana and they found some pot in the passenger’s door and a loaded Hi-Point .45-caliber handgun covered in blood and a bag of marijuana in plain view on the floor behind the front seats. The bag contained about half an ounce of marijuana, a digital scale and a grinder with pot residue, according to the report.

McConnell eventually admitted he and Law met two men behind a vacant house at 110 Persimmon Circle to sell them some marijuana out of a backpack, according to the report. Police said McConnell told them that Law pulled a gun out of the backpack but dropped it during the struggle, and the gun went off and the bullet hit McConnell in the ankle.

Two witnesses told police they heard the gunshot and saw a man run from behind the house and get into the passenger seat of the Avalon.

McConnell was taken to Trident Hospital and released. He and Law were both charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. They were being held in the Berkeley County jail on $30,000 bail Tuesday.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.