Man in hospital after apartment shooting

A 24-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition Friday after he was shot several times at Bridgeview Village Apartments off North Romney Street, Charleston police said.

Garndell Jerome Macon Jr. of Charleston was wounded in the head and torso around 11 p.m. Thursday, police said.

Officers were called to the complex to investigate reports of gunfire. They found Macon lying face down on the ground along a pathway to one of the apartment buildings.

Macon was rushed to Medical University Hospital, where he continued to undergo treatment Friday.

Investigators have no suspects or motive for the shooting, police public information officer Charles Francis said.

In August 2000, Macon, then 17, was accused of shooting a 22-year-old man in the leg during a confrontation on Rutledge Avenue. He received a 10-year suspended sentence on a charge of assault and battery with intent to kill, county court records show.

Police seek suspects in concrete tossing

Charleston police are looking for vandals who damaged eight vehicles this week by tossing concrete onto the roadway along Interstate 26 near Huger Street.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers were called to the area after four vehicles were struck by pieces of concrete. The material damaged the windshields of two cars, blew out the tire of a third and damaged the front grill of a fourth. No one was injured, police said.

The concrete appeared to have been tossed from the side of the interstate, police said.

The following night, vandals struck again around 8:15 p.m. Four vehicles were pelted, leaving shattered windshields, dents and punctured tires. Officers found chunks of concrete and beer bottles in the roadway, police said.

One woman received small cuts on her right arm from shattered glass, but she refused medical treatment, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Charleston police at 577-7434 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

Faulty switch knocks bridge's lights out

Lights that illuminate one of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge towers were out Friday night because of a faulty relay switch that will be replaced next week, state Department of Transportation spokesman James Law said.

The switch turns on the decorative lights on the tower closest to Mount Pleasant, Law said.

Navigation lights are working. "It's just the lights that make the bridge look pretty at night," he said.