Charleston police have established no connection between two deadly shootings Saturday on the north side of the peninsula, and Chief Greg Mullen said this afternoon that investigators do not believe the second homicide involved retaliation for the first.
Mullen said it appears the first killing was drug-related, but police aren't sure if drugs played a role in the second.
The victims, 28-year-old Jamar Gathers and 36-year-old Darron Heyward, each had a North Charleston address and a lengthy arrest record, but police have established no relationship between the men, Mullen said.
Gathers was shot to death Saturday afternoon at the Bridgeview Village housing project on North Romney Street. Police found his body lying in a pool of blood around 4 p.m. in a breezeway at the complex, which is located in an isolated part of the city between cemeteries and the county's recycling center.
Heyward was fatally shot multiple times less than two miles away, at Nassau and Woolfe streets, shortly before 9 p.m. just a block from a busy corner of Meeting Street where a gas station and restaurant are located.
Those with any information about the killings can:
Call Charleston detectives at: 720-2401.
Call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.
Text-message 'tip213' to Crime Stoppers, at 274637.
Read more in tomorrow's Post and Courier.