Modular housing construction still a niche market

This new house in the Hunley Waters development in North Charleston was built in factory in Virginia. Over the course of several hours on the morning of Aug. 9, the modular sections were lifted onto a pier foundation, fastened down and joined together. Exterior finishing work will be done on site, and the house will be listed for sale for an estimated $219,000.

A 28-year-old Charleston man was shot and killed in broad daylight Saturday afternoon in the breezeway of a Charleston apartment complex, officials and neighbors said.

The gunman remains at large, officials said.

Charleston County's chief deputy coroner said the victim was Jermel Gathers but was unsure how to spell his first name. Gathers was killed just before 4 p.m. at the Bridgeview Village apartment complex at 105 North Romney St.

Paramedics pronounced him dead on arrival.

Officials released few details of the incident.

"It's still being investigated," Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said.

Neighbors buzzed around the two-story building three hours after the shooting. A dozen children and teenagers sitting on car trunks chatted about the victim, a man they knew from the neighborhood as "Juice."

As night closed in on the neighborhood, two police cars remained at the complex, its backyard lawn littered with mussel shells and Natural Light beer cans.

Saturday's homicide is the fifth of the year in Charleston. Nine homicides were reported in 2009.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Charleston police at 577-7434 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.