“THIS DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A RANDOM SHOOTING”
Two people were shot and killed under strange circumstances on the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. bridge connecting Charleston and Mount Pleasant, S.C. on Thursday evening. One set of sources tell us the incident was an attempted “double suicide,” however other sources referred to the incident as a “domestic” situation – a murder-suicide.
Police aren’t divulging much at this point about what may have prompted the violence – but both of the victims are dead as a result of the wounds they sustained during the incident.
UPDATE: Confirmed. Double suicide.
“Based on the initial investigation, this does not appear to be a random shooting and at this time we do not believe a suspect is at large,” the Mount Pleasant, S.C. police department tweeted in the aftermath of the incident. “Both victims were transported to an area hospital and the investigation is ongoing.”
The shooting occurred on the northbound pedestrian overpass sometime just before 8:00 p.m. EDT. Witnesses tell us the bridge was swarming with law enforcement and emergency response vehicles within minutes of the shots ringing out.
One firearm was reportedly recovered from the scene.
Both victims were reportedly transported to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) hospital. Their status is not yet known, although the Charleston County coroner’s office was reportedly called to the hospital.
All northbound lanes of the iconic, 11-year-old bridge were initially shut down in the aftermath of the incident so that police could investigate the scene. That caused massive traffic disruptions and prompted the use of Interstate 526 as a lengthy detour for motorists trying to reach Mount Pleasant.
Two northbound lanes were reopened to traffic shortly after 10:15 p.m. EDT. By 11:00 p.m. EDT, all northbound lanes had been reopened.
According to reporter Melissa Boughton of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, runners on the bridge discovered the victims and called police.
The shooting comes less than forty-eight hours before the Ravenel Bridge is set to play host to the annual Cooper River Bridge Run.
Chuck Town is a rough place
n charleytown’s always been rough . chas. not what it used to be. To many people from off have migrated to the area and ruined it. Infrastructure cant handle all the gypsies flocking to the area. sad dude sad
Well when you look back, downtown is flurishing, but it always did since the late 80s. The problem is the lose of jobs in N Chas because the reduced Navy facilities. And Volvo won’t help much, since most employees to Volvo will be Summerville, etc. The problem with N Chas is it’s a shithole. Was the 60s to 80s urban sprawl that was pushed back up the penile shaped geography. Was better in the late 80s and early 90s when there were at least less drug dealers and crap. Until there’s a viable rail transfer station near the port facilities, that will attract the warehouses / logistics companies, it won’t get any better.
There’s some beautiful old homes on that naval base just going to waste . gorgeous interior woodwork layin to waste because the rooves are leaking . Not a big advocate of the homeless , but seems like they could repurpose these homes somehow . but then again thats gonna take some cheddar
I’m glad to see bond was denied the little thug who fired on cars on I-20, striking one driver in Lexington County. I hope they throw away the key on that one.
I have to give LCSD credit, they did very good in catching the little shit as soon as they did!
So sad to hear, I will pray for those at the run to be safe.
When I lived in North Charleston from 1965-1968, it was an open cesspool. Been back to Charleston on a few overnight trips, and it seems to have improved since the Sixties.
Murder / suicide.
Suicide not left on facebook.