West Ashley shooting victim had been arrested after North Charleston shootout

Dominique Edwards

The man who stumbled into a West Ashley gas station with gunshot wounds Thursday afternoon had been arrested in December after a fatal shootout in North Charleston.

A Charleston police incident report released Friday identified him as Dominique Laver Edwards, 25, of Channing Street. He was out of jail on $50,000 bail after being charged in the Nov. 22 death of 28-year-old Franklin Othell Williams Jr., who was shot to death during a running gun battle that ended with two cars wrecked in Park Circle.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday, employees at the Kangaroo gas station at St. Andrews Boulevard and Sycamore Avenue reported that a man had walked in with gunshot wounds. Officers arrived to find Edwards lying on the floor in a semi-fetal position bleeding from the left side and right shin, according to the incident report. Police said he told them he was shot while walking on Tripe Street, which is near the gas station and his house. He said he didn’t see who shot him, according to the report.

Police called the shootout in North Charleston an act of retaliation. One of the men involved told detectives he and two others in a Ford Edge spotted a red Dodge Charger at a gas station and chased it down to kill Williams, according to an arrest warrant. Two other men were wounded, and guns and shells were left around Park Circle as survivors fled.

Justin Martel Wilson, 22, of Mamie Street and Keith Lamont Evans Jr., 21, of Mepkin Road were also arrested and remain in the Charleston County jail on murder charges.

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