Tennessee visitor wounded


Two Charleston men face assault charges after they reportedly shot a Tennessee tourist during an early-morning confrontation Saturday on North Market Street, police said.

Anthony Anderson, 49, of West Ashley, and Harry Flynt, 44, of James Island, are accused of shooting 45-year-old Joseph Williams around 2:45 a.m. outside Planters Inn, 112 Market St., police said. All three men were intoxicated, police said.

Williams was rushed to Medical University Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the shoulder, said Charles Francis, Charleston police public information officer. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Francis said.

Williams was in Charleston to attend a wedding on Saturday, Francis said. He ran into trouble while standing on North Market Street with a group of people after most of the Friday night bar crowd had cleared out, Francis said.

Police said the incident played out this way:

Williams reportedly stepped away from his group and walked toward a nearby parked car with two men inside, approaching the driver's side in "an aggressive manner." Williams repeatedly knocked on the window and, using profanity, told the driver to move the vehicle. The driver responded by pulling out a gun and shooting Williams before speeding off.

Several police officers rushed to the site and quickly relayed information about the incident, the suspects and the getaway car to other officers on duty. A short time later, police spotted the vehicle in West Ashley and arrested the two suspects.

Anderson and Flynt are being held at the Charleston County jail on charges of assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Anderson's bail is set at $100,000, while Flynt is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Flynt's criminal record includes a previous conviction in 2008 for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to county court records.

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