Authorities ID victim in fatal Mt. Pleasant shooting

Road blocked off near the scene of the shooting. (Source: Valencia Wicker/WCIV)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Elaine Ancrum could barely get through a sentence without breaking down Thursday. She pleaded with the public to help officials find more information about the shooting that led to her son's death.

"People need to stop this stop this. They don't fight with hands no more they fight with guns! Please stop it. Please," she said.

One person died after a shooting Wednesday morning in Mount Pleasant, officials said. Charleston County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Solomon Ancrum, 21.

According to Charleston County EMS, the shooting happened on Dingle Road, just off of Highway 17.

"All I know is he went to drop a friend off to work. My son: anybody he can help he'll help them. I don't know why this happened. This shouldn't have happened," said the victim's mother Elaine Ancrum.

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said officers were called to Dingle Road around 11 a.m. where a man in his 20s had been found shot to death in his car.

Cannon said deputies were looking for three suspects. One is wearing a red shirt and green shorts; the second is wearing a green shirt and black shorts and the third has on a white tank top and tan shorts. All three are black men, Cannon said.

Cannon went on to say that the first two suspects are about the same build, roughly 5-feet 9-inches tall and 150 pounds. The suspect in the white tank top was described as heavier.

According to a police report released Thursday, officials said they were only looking for the first two men.

At a nearby Walgreens, officers put the store on lock down and told customers they had to leave. Officials did not say how long the drug store would be shut down. The store sits at the intersection of Highway 17 and Dingle Road, which runs parallel to Huro Drive.

Customers said a day care center and town homes line part of Dingle Road. The day care, Ruby's Academy Preschool, is on lock down. Officials at the center do not have a timeline for the lock down to be lifted.

A second day care center located on Six Mile Road was put on lock down, officials said.

A resident at the town homes said law enforcement officials told her to stay inside her home while they search the area.

Customers at the store are being told to all other nearby stores if they have prescriptions that need to be filled.

Cannon said the men involved likely did not live in the nearby town homes and he was not sure if the suspects knew the victim. He said the remote location made it a good place to quietly meet.

Ancrum's family said he worked at a downtown Charleston hotel. They said he was supposed to be taking a friend to work on Daniel Island Wednesday morning.

"I was texting him all morning so he could go to work, since 9 a.m. I didn't hear anything from him," Elaine Ancrum said.

Ancrum's family members asked for the public to help police figure out what happened.

"We have our family together and hopefully we can pull through everything together," said Ancrum's brother Tyrone Saunders.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact them at 843-202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

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