North Charleston police think that a fatal shooting in the Highland Terrace neighborhood Tuesday night possibly was self-defense.
Randy Ray, 51, died at Medical University Hospital at 10:36 p.m., less than an hour after being shot, Deputy Charleston County Deputy Coroner Brittney Wofford said.
Shortly before 10 p.m., police went to Highland Terrace Drive near where it passes under Interstate 26. Officers arrested 22-year-old Corey Grant in the area, said Spencer Pryor, the department's public information officer.
"(Grant) stated that, fearing for his life, he fired his weapon at the victim and fled the scene," Pryor wrote in a release.
Witnesses told police Ray and Grant had been arguing. During the altercation, Ray pulled out an object that Grant and witnesses thought was a handgun and hit Grant with it, Pryor said. Ray pointed the object at Grant, who fired his own handgun in response, he said.
Wofford said an autopsy Wednesday morning showed that Ray, of North Charleston, had been hit in the chest by a single bullet. Grant was awaiting a bail hearing on a charge of unlawfully carrying a pistol. Police continue to investigate.