3rd arrest made after slaying


A third man was arrested Wednesday on drug charges in connection with a deal that turned deadly in North Charleston, though no suspects have been named in the fatal shooting.

Brian Vincent Johnson, 31, of North Kenwood Street, suffered a gunshot wound in the incident early Saturday in a neighborhood just northwest of the Charleston International Airport. He was arrested on the charge of conspiracy to violate state narcotics laws after his release from Medical University Hospital.

A member of the opposing group that showed up for the alleged drug deal, 23-year-old Andre Manigault, was fatally shot during the altercation, police said.

The melee started just after midnight when Manigault and Devon Wilson, 19, of Bailey Drive, went to 4640 Purcell Drive “to conduct a drug transaction” with Johnson and 33-year-old John Albert Bradley of Eberly Avenue, police reported.

The deal somehow went awry and shots were fired, said Spencer Pryor, spokesman for the North Charleston Police Department.

Responding patrol officers soon stopped a Ford Crown Victoria that was traveling on Ashley Phosphate Road without its headlights on. The car matched the description of one leaving Purcell Drive, where Manigault’s body was found in the street.

Officers found “fresh blood smears on both the driver’s seat and the front passenger’s seat of the vehicle,” an incident report said.

Bradley was arrested on a charge of driving on a suspended license, driving without headlights and conspiracy to violate state narcotics laws.

Wilson also faces the conspiracy charge.

No drugs were found, according to Pryor.

Johnson was found on a nearby street, bleeding from his leg wound.

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