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Teen charged with attempted murder after firing into car, North Charleston police say

Braijuan Damani Washington (Charleston County Detention Center)

A 17-year-old North Charleston boy is charged with attempted murder after police say he opened fire on two men in a car late Wednesday night.

North Charleston police say the shooting happened at the Spinx gas station on Ashley Phosphate Road at Patriot Boulevard. The victims say they saw the suspect, Braijuan Damani Washington, standing outside with another person and tried to back away from the area because Washington had fired on them before.

That's when the men said Washington opened fire at them. The two men in the car returned fire.

Police say neither man in the car was injured and police could not find signs that Washington's shots hit the car.

They did find two loaded handguns in the car, however.

When police were searching the ara of the shooting for evidence, they found several shell casings. They called Washington's mother who said her son had just come home and was in his bedroom.

Police found two more handguns hidden in a toilet water tank in the bathroom near Washington's bedroom during a search. Both had been stolen, police said. They also found that Washington was injured, with cuts on his hands and arms. He was taken to Trident Hospital for treatment.

During an interview with officers, police say Washington claimed the two men tried to run him over.

He was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder. He is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center.

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