Man hurt N. Chas. shootout dies


A 22-year-old man has died after he was shot during a March gunfight that sent North Charleston residents running and hiding from bullets, authorities confirmed Thursday.

Racarlton Alphonse Scott had been critically wounded in the March 27 shooting in which he was accused of robbing the man who eventually fired at him.

Deputy Coroner Kimberly Rhoton said Scott died of his gunshot wounds Wednesday at Medical University Hospital.

The man who the North Charleston Police Department said shot him outside the Greentree North Apartments on Otranto Road will not face charges. Police spokesman Spencer Pryor reiterated Thursday that Dwayne Patterson was defending himself and his 4-year-old daughter. Patterson does not have a criminal record; everyone else involved in the shootout does.

After 5 p.m., Scott walked up to Patterson as he loaded his daughter into his car. Scott pointed a gun at Patterson and demanded his chain, rings, money and cellphone, according to incident reports.

Patterson started fighting back after Scott demanded his pants. He fetched a handgun from his glove box and chased Scott around the apartment building, where Scott started shooting, the report said.

That was when Patterson returned fire, hitting Scott several times, according to the police. Witnesses described Scott falling to the ground and not moving.

The police said Jamel Prezzy, 20, of Sumner Avenue, then joined the shootout and fired at Patterson.

Prezzy jumped into a Honda driven by 24-year-old Jermaine Venning of Hunters Ridge Lane, police said. They were captured at a nearby apartment complex.

Prezzy faces two counts of attempted murder, possession a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, illegally carrying a firearm and discharging into a dwelling.

Venning faces charges of attempted murder and failure to stop for blue lights.

Andrew Knapp is editor of the quick response team, which covers crime, courts and breaking news. He previously worked as a reporter and copy editor at Florida Today, Newsday and Bangor (Maine) Daily News. He enjoys golf, weather and fatherhood.