A 19-year-old who police say killed a man inside a North Charleston motel room told investigators he shot the victim after an argument broke out while playing video games, according to an arrest affidavit.
Daniel Reed of North Charleston shot Jesse Weathers, 31, of Mount Pleasant twice inside a Rodeway Inn motel room Friday night or Saturday morning, authorities said.
He then stole the man's car and left Weathers on a bed to die, authorities said. The motel is at 2311 Ashley Phosphate Road.
A staff member called police after seeing Weathers in a pool of blood inside the room along with a shell casing on the floor, according to an incident report.
Hotel staff told police the room door had been left open for an extended period of time.
Investigators quickly identified Reed as a suspect and located him, along with Weathers' Dodge Charger, in Goose Creek.
Authorities followed Reed into North Charleston and attempted to pull him over near Salamander Road and Bentwood Drive.
Reed and an unidentified juvenile ran from the vehicle but both were captured after a foot chase, authorities said.
The juvenile was released to his parents. Reed was charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, grand larceny and failure to stop for blue lights.
Investigators recovered the firearm used in the shooting after Reed tossed it into a wooded area as he tried to get away, police said.
Reed, who waived his bond hearing Sunday, remains jailed at the Al Cannon Detention Center. He has a criminal history with charges dating back to 2015, including convictions for attempted armed robbery, assault and battery, and possessing a stolen gun, according to State Law Enforcement Division records.
Weathers' death marked the fifth homicide in North Charleston this year and the 17th in the tri-county area.