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1 person dead, 2nd injured in North Charleston motel shooting

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NORTH CHARLESTON — One person was killed and a second injured in a shooting the afternoon of Sept. 11 at a motel in a busy commercial area in the southern section of the city. 

Officers were dispatched at 2 p.m. for reports of a shooting at Charleston Heights Motel, 4241 Rivers Ave., according to North Charleston police spokesman Harve Jacobs. 

One male victim was found dead at the scene, and a female victim was transported to a local hospital, Jacobs said. He did not provide their ages.

Jacobs said police and the Charleston County Coroner's Office were investigating. He said he could not provide information about any possible suspects. 

The motel is less than a mile from the Deas Hill neighborhood, where 14-year-old Ronjanae Smith was fatally shot and 14 other people injured in gang crossfire during a neighborhood concert in May.

Gun violence has steadily risen in North Charleston in recent years, from 145 shootings reported in 2018 to 177 in 2020. It is part of a rising tide of violence reported by policy agencies in South Carolina and across the United States. 

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel announced in June that 2020 was one of the most violent years on record in South Carolina, with murders increasing statewide from 457 in 2019 to 571 in 2020. 

"As I said last year, I am extremely concerned by the increasing amount of violence in our state, including the number of murders and assaults," Keel said. "I am particularly troubled at the steady increase in the number of murders taking place."

Reach Steve Garrison 843-607-1052. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT.

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