Another North Charleston shooting concerns neighbors

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Police responded to a shooting in North Charleston Monday night, said officials with Charleston County Dispatch. One person has been taken into custody after a high-speed chase through North Charleston.

Dispatchers said officers with the North Charleston Police Department responded to a home at 3323 Mountainbrook Avenue.

According to a police report, North Charleston officers were sent to the Mountainbrook Avenue home after receiving several calls that there had been multiple gunshots in the area.

The victim was found inside an apartment and said he was approached by an armed man. The suspect told him to get on the ground. He refused, the report states, and there was a struggle that culminated in shots being fired.

The man was shot in the back of his right leg, police said.

The victim described the suspect as 5-and-a-half feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a gray hoodie and black pants. The victim told officers the man may have left in a green Toyota sedan, according to the report.

The victim was taken to Medical University Hospital for treatment.

During a search of the area, officers found bullet holes in the apartment building's mail room and a car, the report states.

Officers caught up with the vehicle the victim described later in the night. Officers said the driver of the car disregarded blue lights and sirens as they tried to make the traffic stop.

According to the report, the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Curtis Jerome Franks, turned off his lights and led police on a high-speed chase through part of North Charleston. He eventually ran from his car but officers and a K-9 unit caught him.

The report states Franks resisted arrest.

Officers finally detained Franks and had him checked out by Dorchester County EMS before taking him to the Al Cannon Detention Center. During a search, officers found a plastic bag of ammunition.

"I saw the blue lights. I just thought someone had got pulled over. And there was lots of blue lights coming through," said Joni Sellers as she described the latest incident to happen in her neighborhood.{}

This one took place outside her daughter's Pepper Hill apartment. She says her husband was robbed last fall in the same area of Mountainbrook Avenue.

"It was two guys and they put a gun in his face and took his wallet, his phone, and his Bluetooth out of his ear," said Sellers.

"Personally every time that I leave the house, I make sure that everything is shut off. The blinds are shut. And make sure my doors are locked," said Richard Creie III, who lives in the neighborhood.

North Charleston Police say they've increased patrols at Pepper Hill Apartments and nearby streets. Still, people like Joni Sellers are also concerned about recent shootings elsewhere.

"You had all those ones on New Years and now you've got all this going on. And obviously it was enough to put letters on the doors. So obviously they realize there was a problem," said Sellers.

Currently, Franks has been charged with failure to stop for blue lights and resisting arrest. Officials have not charged him with the shooting.

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