Honda CRV

North Charleston police are searching for this blue Honda CRV. A license plate number is not known. Provided

North Charleston police are searching for a vehicle they believe was involved in the shooting death of a 25-year-old man last week in the parking lot of the Cummins Turbo Technologies plant.

Police department spokesman Spencer Pryor said authorities are on the lookout for a blue Honda CRV. The vehicle was captured on surveillance camera footage in the plant's parking lot, 9051 Palmetto Commerce Parkway.

The CRV, with an undetermined license plate and model year, would have been in the area around 6:55 p.m. March 14.

Damien Stokes, 25, was fatally shot after someone fired at him from inside the vehicle before taking off, authorities said.

Multiple witnesses who observed the shooting and called 911 told police that Stokes exited a nearby warehouse. The vehicle approached as he reached the parking lot.

The victim was pronounced dead after officers arrived, Pryor said.

In a 911 call, a woman who identified herself as the victim's girlfriend told a dispatcher that she was on the phone with Stokes when he was shot and pleaded with authorities to hurry to the scene. 

Other callers described the shooting, including one man who said a suspect dressed in a gray hoodie got out of the Honda and started shooting at the victim.

The caller stated that the weapon appeared to be a TEC-9 pistol and that Stokes suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to the 911 audio. 

Anyone who may have information about the vehicle in question may call North Charleston Detective Dan Pritchard at 843-740-2656 or email

The shooting was the third homicide in North Charleston Police Department jurisdiction in 2019 and the 14th in the tri-county, according to a Post and Courier database.

Gregory Yee contributed to this report.

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Michael Majchrowicz is a reporter covering crime and public safety. He previously wrote about courts for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. A Hoosier native, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.