North Charleston man charged in car lot shooting incident

Leonard Jamal Nathaniel

Police have charged a man accused of shooting at four men during a skirmish at a car dealership Sunday.

North Charleston police detectives charged Leonard Jamal Nathaniel, 24, of Reynolds Avenue with four counts of attempted murder. He is also being held on an outstanding family court warrant, spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

The shooting happened about 1:20 p.m. at Northwoods Auto Sales at 6430 Dorchester Road. Officers initially responded to a shooting near Dorchester Road and Leslie Street after a caller reported that he saw two black males jump into a burgundy Mercury Mountaineer with two other men, according to an incident report released on Monday.

Officers found the vehicle on I-26 and pulled it over. They determined that all four men inside were the victims. One of the men told police he saw his child's mother at the dealership and stopped to talk to her. The suspect, who was talking to her about buying a car, started arguing with the victim and tore his shirt, the report says.

When all three men got out of the vehicle to help, the suspect grabbed a handgun from his Jeep Cherokee and fired at them multiple times. The suspect then ran away but was later arrested.

Police found seven spent shells at the dealership.

Nathaniel is expected to appear at a bail hearing today.