Ladson man shot twice at apartment

One person was injured during a shooting Friday at the Cooper’s Ridge Apartments off Ladson Road.

BY EDWARD C. FENNELL and ANDREW KNAPP

efennell@postandcourier.com aknapp@postandcourier.com

Deputies responding to a shooting early Friday found an injured Ladson man on a second-floor stairwell, near his bullet-riddled and bloody bedroom.

His furniture was knocked over and water flooded the apartment.

Christopher Stephen Osteen, 25, of Coopers Ridge Blvd. was taken to Medical University Hospital with two bullet wounds.

The shooting happened about 5:25 a.m. at Osteen’s apartment. No arrests have been made, Charleston County sheriff’s Maj. John Garrison said.

He said Osteen suffered serious injuries, but his condition was unknown.

A Sheriff’s Office report said Osteen was able to give a deputy the first name of the person who shot him. EMS arrived and began life-saving procedures on Osteen while deputies checked his residence.

A large amount of water was flooding the apartment because a sprinkler pipe had been punctured by a bullet, the report said.

Photos were taken, and maintenance service was called to get the water shut off, in fear the deluge would carry away information from the crime scene, the report said.

Numerous bullet holes were found in Osteen’s bedroom walls and the bedroom door, and “the apartment was covered in blood and most of the furniture inside the apartment had been knocked over or broken,” according to the report.

Dispatchers reported that deputies were looking for a red Ford Ranger with a construction ladder attached, which was the vehicle said to be driven by the shooter.