Family says father's fatal shooting of son was accidental

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A man shot and killed his own son Saturday night in an area deputies identified as North Charleston. However, police say the area is an unincorporated part of the county.

Many might consider the area North Charleston though, because the scene as identified by investigators is less than two miles from Northwoods Mall.

According to Charleston County deputies, Michael Brown was charged with murder, possession of a stolen pistol, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in the shooting death of his son.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. on Winchester Street, deputies said. The father and son were involved in a dispute that ended with a shooting. Brown's son was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.

Deputies say Brown was still at the scene of the shooting when they arrived.

Brown is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center. At Sunday morning's bond hearing, family members said the shooting was an accident and that Brown got a gun and was waving it around as his son walked away.

"My father loves all of us. He loved all of us. And this tragedy that happened yesterday wan an unfortunate accident," said Brown's daughter. "That never should have happened, but the truth will prevail and we are going to stay in prayer and we are going to stay encouraged, but my dad did not murder my brother."

Brown's wife, Patricia, said the community knows her family to be loving.{}

"We are a stronghold and if people don't understand that, then you'll never understand. We love each other whole-heartedly," she said. "It should not have happened, but by all means my husband is not a murderer."

The coroner's office identified the victim as 19-year-old Michael Brown.

Deputies say they are still investigating the shooting.