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A North Charleston police officer on Sunday revived a man who appeared to have stopped breathing while trying to say who shot him.

The 39-year-old was taken to Medical University Hospital, where an update on his condition was not available Tuesday.

About 4:45 p.m., the local resident and another man went in their Dodge minivan to Accabee Road, where he pulled over and walked into a backyard, the North Charleston Police Department said. He was shot there, then climbed back into the van and drove off.

It wasn't clear what the men where doing there.

The police found him bleeding behind the van's steering wheel near 2614 S. Allen Drive, their reports stated.

They saw bullet wounds in his chest and abdomen. At first, he was talking. He said someone named Shawn or John had shot him, the officers reported.

But he started breathing heavily and went limp. His eyes rolled back.

That's when Officer Jerrid Riley pulled the victim from the van and started CPR.

"After a few compressions," a report stated, "he became conscious again but was having difficulty breathing."

Paramedics soon took over.

Officers said they canvassed the area and couldn't find the shooting scene. No one was immediately arrested.

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Andrew Knapp is editor of the Quick Response Team, which covers crime, courts and breaking news. He previously worked as a reporter and copy editor at Florida Today, Newsday and Bangor (Maine) Daily News. He enjoys golf, weather and fatherhood.

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