EDITOR'S NOTE: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly reported that authorities had taken a suspect into custody. The Post and Courier regrets the error.
MONCKS CORNER — Authorities were still searching for a man armed with two guns who ran away from the scene of a hit and run collision today.
The incident started shortly after noon, when Moncks Corner police officers tried to stop a green Honda for traffic violations, said Moncks Corner Police Lt. Wendell Bowen. The driver pulled into Shannonwood Mobile Home Park, where he bailed out of the Honda while it was rolling. The Honda struck two vehicles, Bowen said.
The man, who was armed with two weapons, ran back toward the St. Francis Villas Apartments, a subsidized housing complex off Bradley Road. The license plate on the green Honda was registered to a woman who lives at an apartment in St. Francis Villas, Bowen said.
Police surrounded that apartment, thinking that the suspect might be inside. About 3:30 p.m., the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office SWAT team used tear gas to clear the apartment. There was no one inside, Bowen said.
The suspect, who should be considered dangerous, is still on the loose, Bowen said. The guns were found along the suspect's trail. There were reports that the man was carrying a military style rifle or a shotgun. Bowen would not describe the weapons.
Authorities were trying to determine if this suspect was involved with a fatal shooting early this morning in Russellville.
Police have identified a suspect and are in the process of obtaining arrest warrants for him, Bowen said. He would not release the name of the suspect.
The suspect was described as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 to 160 pounds. He was wearing a green shirt and dark pants and a green do-rag, Bowen said.
Anyone with information about this case should call Moncks Corner police at 719-7930 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.