2 men sought in killing

Ricardo Antwon Richardson

North Charleston witness tells of drive-by gunfire

North Charleston police are hunting for two cousins in connection with the slaying of a 19-year-old man gunned down Tuesday night in a drive-by shooting in Dorchester Terrace.

Investigators have obtained arrest warrants to charge Travis Deangelo Richardson, 20, and Ricardo Antwon Richardson, 18, with murder in the killing of Jermaine Whitfield of Charleston, public information officer Spencer Pryor said.

Police were still trying to pin down details, but initial information suggests that the killing was in retaliation for a fight of some kind within the past couple of weeks, Pryor said.

Police were called to 2604 Madden Drive around 6:30 p.m. Officers found Whitfield lying on the front porch, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head, police said. He was rushed to Medical University Hospital, where he died at 5:23 a.m., Charleston

County Chief Deputy Coroner Judy Koelpin said.

A witness told police she was standing nearby when she heard two gunshots. She looked up and saw a white station wagon pass by with a man standing and shooting through its open sun roof, according to a police report.

Whitfield's killing was the 24th homicide in North Charleston this year.

Travis Richardson has a criminal record dating to 2004, with convictions for cocaine possession, crack cocaine possession, criminal domestic violence and marijuana possession. He has pending charges for armed robbery and assault, as well as for drug and weapon offenses, according to State Law Enforcement Division records.

Ricardo Richardson was arrested three times this year on drug charges and once in connection with a stolen pistol. Those charges are pending, according to Charleston County court records.

Police said Whitfield's killing isn't connected to another shooting that left a 17-year-old wounded Tuesday night in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood.

Jermaine Lamar Wayman of North Charleston told police he was walking on Token Street, near Spruill Avenue, at 6:08 p.m. when a dark green Chevrolet Tahoe sped by and someone started shooting. Wayman dove for the ground, but one round hit him in the lower back. When the Tahoe sped off, Wayman walked to a convenience store, where a clerk called police, according to a police report.

Wayman's wound was not considered life-threatening. Police are still searching for suspects in the crime.