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Downtown Charleston homicide victim identified, vigil planned

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Captain Jack Weiss, Lt. Andre Jenkins and police Chief Luther T. Reynolds walk along Hanover Street after a press conference Friday afternoon, Aug. 9, 2019, about the shooting Thursday in Charleston's East Side neighborhood near Columbus and Hanover Street. Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

Authorities identified a man who was shot to death in downtown Charleston's East Side neighborhood Thursday night. 

Timothy Haman Jr., 41, of Charleston, died at Medical University Hospital at 8:13 p.m. Thursday as a result of a gunshot wound, the Charleston County Coroner's Office said. 

Haman worked at The Darling Oyster Bar as a sous-chef, according to a statement released Friday by the restaurant.

The shooting, which was captured on video, has worried residents. Authorities have not said if they've determined a motive behind the shooting, which took place in front of 43 Hanover St. 

On Friday, Mayor John Tecklenburg and Police Chief Luther Reynolds said they’re committed to securing justice in this case.

The chief acknowledged several theories have circulated on social media about the shooting but said that neither he nor his officers want to speculate about the case.

Investigators know there was a confrontation that led to the shooting, Reynolds said. It’s unclear what prompted the confrontation or what was said. Officers continue to interview witnesses to piece together what happened.

A vigil for Haman is planned for 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Hanover Street near Columbus Street. 

Police and city officials will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of Trident Technical College’s Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St., to address the homicide and overall public safety issues.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 843-743-7200 and ask for the on-duty detective. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

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Reach Gregory Yee at 843-937-5908. Follow him on Twitter @GregoryYYee.

Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.

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