Cyclist who was shot is paralyzed


A 23-year-old North Charleston man who was shot five times while riding his bicycle last week is now paralyzed, according to affidavits released Thursday.

Deangelo Rashaad Vandross was biking on Baxter Street toward Spruill Avenue before 11 p.m. May 22 when he came upon a man who was standing in the road, according to documents. As Vandross approached him, the man pulled out a handgun and fired several shots. One bullet hit Vandross’ spinal cord.

The suspect, Devon Dontrell Garrett, 28, of Line Street in Charleston, was arrested Wednesday night and denied bail during a hearing the next day. He faces charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.

Garrett was identified by a witness who told police that the assailant had been lurking in the shadows before the gunfire. The witness later saw the gunman standing over the downed bicyclist, pointing a pistol and feeling through the bicyclist’s pockets. It’s not known whether anything was stolen or whether the two knew each other.

Responding police officers saw Vandross lying in the road in front of 1921 Baxter St. They also found 10 shell casings. Vandross was able to tell officers what happened at the scene and again at the hospital.

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