18-year-old shoots brother during argument, surrenders to officers, police say

Desmond T. Lewis, of Charlene Drive, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, jail records show. Lewis surrendered to officers on June 6, accused of shooting his brother, North Charleston police say. (provided)

North Charleston police on Thursday arrested an 18-year-old man accused of shooting his 17-year-old brother during an argument.

Desmond T. Lewis, of Charlene Drive, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, jail records show.

North Charleston police officers on Wednesday responded to Verneer Avenue and Scott Street about 10 a.m. to assist sheriff’s deputies following reports of shots fired in the area, an incident report states.

A 43-year-old woman flagged down officers and said that multiple people were shooting at a home on Charlene Drive. A blue pickup truck was still at the home, the woman told police.

Officers arrived at the home and saw three spent shell casings in the driveway and another on the home’s porch, according to the report.

Moments later, officers learned that a teenager was being treated at Medical University Hospital for a gunshot wound to his lower back, police said.

The wounded teen was Lewis’ brother, police spokesman Spencer Pryor. Lewis pointed a gun at his younger brother in an argument and pulled the trigger, he said.

Family members transported the brother to MUSC, police said.

Lewis surrendered to police on Thursday, Pryor said. He is being held at the Charleston County jail, jail records show.