Weston Ishmal

Weston Ishmal. Cannon Detention Center/Provided

North Charleston police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting outside a manufacturing facility last month. 

Ishmal Rashad Weston, 23, is charged with murder in the death of 25-year-old Damien Marquise Stokes. Police arrested him on Thursday.

Additional arrests are possible, North Charleston Police Department spokesman Spencer Pryor said Friday. An affidavit charging Weston indicated that two other people were suspected of playing a role in the shooting, though authorities have not publicly announced any other charges.

Stokes was shot in the head in the parking lot of Cummins Turbo Technologies, 9051 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, on March 14. He was pronounced dead when officers and paramedics arrived around 7 p.m. and found him lying near his vehicle. 

Witnesses who called 911 said Stokes exited a nearby warehouse before the shooting. They said a vehicle, captured on surveillance footage as a blue Honda CRV, approached as he reached the parking lot.

One witness told authorities that a man got out of the SUV and started firing what appeared to be a TEC-9 semi-automatic pistol at Stokes, according to audio of the 911 calls. 

The affidavit suggested the homicide was gang-related. 

Surveillance video showed the gunman drop a T-shirt during the shooting. The shirt had a picture of a member of the "Town of Lincolnville" gang, or TOL, who was killed in Dorchester County in January, a detective wrote in the affidavit. Investigators said they determined that Stokes was an enemy of that person and a member of a rival gang.

Detectives said Weston, of Damascus Drive in Summerville, is a member of TOL gang and works at ARD Logistics, a warehouse that neighbors the Cummins plant. 

In an interview with police, Weston said he left ARD Logistics with a co-worker at 6 p.m. on the night of the shooting and then pulled into the Cummins parking lot to smoke marijuana. A man he was with told police they left the parking lot at 6:20 p.m. 

But police said surveillance video showed Weston in the parking lot when Stokes walked outside for a smoke break at 6:45 p.m. Ten minutes later, Weston began to pull out of the parking lot as the shooter approached Stokes. 

Surveillance video showed Weston and the shooter's cars leaving the area and turning left on to Lincolnville Road. A search of Weston's cellphone records indicated he was in communication with the shooter at the time of the homicide. 

On March 26, a Honda CRV believed to be the vehicle pictured at the scene was found burned on Calamus Pond Road in Ridgeville, where investigators believe the three suspects fled after the killing. 

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