Man arrested in shooting death

Ricardo Mendoza

MONCKS CORNER -- Police have arrested a suspect in the killing of a 32-year-old man who was found shot in his vehicle Saturday night.

Investigators arrested Ricardo Mendoza shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Several witnesses provided investigators with information that tied Mendoza to the killing of Moncks Corner resident Edwin Velasquez-Rodriguez, also known as Omar Rodriguez, authorities said.

Mendoza, who is charged with murder, was booked into the Berkeley County jail pending a bail hearing today, police said.

On Saturday, officers responded to a report of shots fired shortly after 9 p.m. on Fairground Road in Park City Mobile Home Park in Moncks Corner. They found Velasquez-Rodriguez dead at the scene.

Mendoza reportedly fled from the scene in a black Jeep Cherokee. Investigators have located and secured the vehicle and are in the process of securing search warrants and conducting additional interviews. The gun used in the shooting has not been recovered, police said.

No motive for the shooting has been revealed. Investigators are still trying to determine just how the two men knew each other and what led to the killing, Lt. Michael Roach said.

"Right now, we are still putting the pieces together on this," he said.

Police Chief Chad Caldwell said police are releasing very few details about the events leading up to Mendoza's arrest due to concerns about the safety of witnesses.