Bridgeview Village apartments

The Bridgeview Village apartments, 108 N. Romney St., in Charleston. Gregory Yee/Staff

A 24-year-old West Ashley man who forced his way into a Charleston apartment was shot Wednesday night in a confrontation that left another person wounded, police said.

It marked the second time in as many days that a suspected burglar was killed in the Holy City.

Officers were called about 11 p.m. to reports of gunfire at Bridgeview Village apartments, 130 N. Romney St., said Sgt. Patrick McLaughlin, a Charleston Police Department spokesman.

The incident unfolded after the 24-year-old man showed up and forced his way into the apartment of a person he knew.

Inside, he fired a gun, striking a 31-year-old North Charleston man who was visiting the home, McLaughlin said.  

The suspected intruder was then shot in the torso multiple times, the sergeant said. He later died at Medical University Hospital.

The Charleston County Coroner's Office had not released the intruder's identity. It was not immediately clear who fired the shots that struck the man who died.

"That is part of the active investigation," McLaughlin said. 

An analysis of data provided by the Charleston Police Department shows the Bridgeview Village apartment complex is no stranger to violent incidents. 

In the past 12 months, police have recorded 74 crimes ranging from aggravated assaults with a firearm to thefts from motor vehicles, the statistics show. Drug-related cases, 32, and weapon law violations, 21, made up the majority of the incidents. 

The other most commonly recorded crimes since August 2017 are as follows: Seven aggravated assaults with a firearm, four robberies involving a firearm and three sex offenses/forcible rapes, according to the statistics. 

Until Wednesday night, no homicides had occurred at the apartment complex in the past year, Mclaughlin said. 

Despite the shootings and other recent violent crime, Bridgeview Village residents say the community is not a bad place to live and that residents care for one another. 

On Thursday afternoon, children played in outdoor hallways, enjoying the waning days of summer as their parents watched. Music played on portable speakers and residents chatted in shaded doorways. 

"It's not us," said Annel Judge, a 20-year resident of the complex. "It's the people that come up here."

Another resident, Renee Jones, said she was not afraid for herself and that the violence is almost always drug related. 

Still, Jones worries about older residents in the community. Some suffer from heart problems and cancer. And hearing gunshots in the middle of the night can't be good for them, she said.

Wednesday night's fatal shooting followed another homicide earlier this week in Charleston. In that case, police said a resident fatally stabbed a burglary suspect during an altercation Tuesday morning at an Amherst Street home. The resident has not been charged. 

The most recent death is the 10th homicide investigated by Charleston police this year and the 40th in the tri-county area.

The wounded 31-year-old victim remained hospitalized Thursday morning. No update on his condition was available Thursday evening.

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Gregory Yee contributed to this report. Reach Angie Jackson at 843-937-5705. Follow her on Twitter at @angiejackson23

Angie Jackson covers crime and breaking news for The Post and Courier. She previously covered the same beat for the Grand Rapids Press and in Michigan. When she’s not reporting, Angie enjoys teaching yoga and exploring the outdoors.