Two charged in Hanahan shooting

After an accident Wednesday morning on Murray Drive in Hanahan, police found a 19-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her head in the back seat of this car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

HANAHAN — Police said Thursday they have charged two men in connection with the death of a 19-year-old woman who died after she was shot in the back of the head.

Investigators charged Joseph Alexander Howard, 22, with manslaughter in the death of Hanna Tyus. They also charged Kenneth Alexander Capers, 17, with misprision of a felony.

Authorities say they were responding to a wreck on Murray Drive just before noon Wednesday when they found Tyus slumped over in the backseat with a gunshot wound to her head. She died at the scene as authorities attempted to transport her to the hospital.

Hanahan Police Lt. Michael Fowler said the shooting happened at an apartment complex on Willard Drive. He said Howard was playing with a gun he didn't know was loaded when the gun went off, striking Tyus in the back of her head.

The men did not call 911, Fowler said.

Fowler said Capers helped Howard load Tyus into his Saturn and attempted to help him hide the gun.

Howard told police he was taking her to a hospital to get help.

Fowler said the shooting might have been accidental but they charged the men because of the negligence involved.

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HANAHAN -- Police responding to a wreck Wednesday found a young woman slumped over in the back seat of a car with a gunshot wound to her head.

Hanna Tyus, 19, died at the scene of the Murray Drive wreck shortly before noon, according to Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury.

Authorities said it appears the shooting happened earlier at an apartment on Willard Drive.

The driver of the car told investigators that Tyus had been accidentally shot at the apartment and he was taking her to get help.

The car he was driving crashed into another car on Murray Drive at Berkeley Street, said Hanahan Police Lt. Michael Fowler.

Police are still investigating the shooting. No one had been charged as of Wednesday afternoon.

Salisbury said Tyus is from North Carolina but had been spending the last week in North Charleston with her father.

Jeff Ledbetter, who identified himself as the uncle of the driver, said family members were still trying to figure out what happened.

Ledbetter said Tyus was dating another of his nephews and together they had an 11-month-old baby. She was not pregnant at the time of her death, despite some published reports, according to Fowler.