Reports give details on first 2 shootings of 2014

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Police are investigating two separate shootings that happened early Wednesday morning in North Charleston. In one of the shootings, the victim died.

North Charleston police say the first shooting happened around 5 a.m. Wednesday on Aintree Avenue.

Allen Elliott enjoyed seeing the fireworks last night to bring in the New Year, but said it wasn't the sound of fire crackers that woke him up this morning.

"I heard gun shots," Elliott said. "Being a Vietnam veteran I knew guns from fireworks. I couldn't get up right away, but when I did I saw all the cops out here."

Police say someone knocked on Elliott's neighbor door around five this morning, and when she answered the door, shots rang out on the 2300 block of Aintree St. in North Charleston.

She was rushed to Medical University Hospital.

According to a police report released Thursday, someone knocked at the door to the victim's home and as she started to open it, the suspect opened fire. Several shots went through the door and hit the woman in her head and hip.

One of the men in the house told police he thought that his son might have been the target of the shooting.

Elliott said she had only lived the home for about a year.

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"My neighbors are really good, they were about to move out of state, and to have this happen to them right now, I don't know," said Elliott.

Less than two miles away on the 3900 block Niagara Street, police say a similar incident happened at the same time.

The victim's son told police that someone knocked at the door, and when his mother answered, that person opened fire. She later died at MUSC.

The coroner's office on Thursday identified the Niagara Street victim as 52-year-old Janet Royal, of North Charleston. Coroner's officials said the autopsy was complete, but did not say where Royal had been shot.

According to a police report, Royal had obvious gunshot wounds to her chest and stomach. Police found several bullet holes in the house as well as a collection of shell casings around the cars parked outside.

A man was arrested on outstanding warrants during the investigation, the report states. His arrest was not connected to the shooting, as had been previously reported by other media.

Many residents in the neighborhood now live in fear of hearing a knock on their door.

Police said they have no information on suspects, nor is there information that the two shootings are related. Police are still investigating.

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