In a neighborhood with plentiful Christmas lights and decorations, a domestic argument turned violent Friday night, and three people were sent to a hospital with gunshot wounds, authorities said.
A man and two women were injured. All three were taken to MUSC. The man and one of the women were in critical condition, and the second woman in serious condition, North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.
He said investigators believe all the shots were fired by the injured man.
A large number of police and police cars were at the scene late Friday, and so was the North Charleston Victims Advocate's van. Few details, including names or ages, were released.
Crime scene tape was stretched between fences, some of which bore holiday decorations, and bounded the area where the shooting took place: in a home on a dirt road off of Midland Park Road. A hand-painted sign at one home near the shooting scene read: "Jesus is the Reason ... Be thankful God is Good."
Pryor said officers was called to a home in the 1800 block of Victory Lane about 6 p.m., in reference to multiple victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The wounded were found there and sent to the hospital.
"According to witnesses, a male and female couple were involved in some type of domestic dispute when the male subject pulled a handgun and shot his female acquaintance and another female before turning the gun on himself and firing a shot," Pryor said.
Neighbors turned down requests for interviews with the news media. At about 8:45 p.m., a man standing on the dirt road wailed loudly and made statements that he was going to "get" somebody.