911 calls give new details on North Charleston stolen car shooting that left boy, 15, dead
Newly released 911 calls reveal more detailed witness accounts from a deadly confrontation over a stolen car Jan. 17 on Celestial Court in North Charleston, which left a 15-year-old dead.
The shooting happened on the same street where the owner of the stolen car lives, but miles away from where her boyfriend originally reported the car stolen the night before, according to police. 15-year-old Derrick Grant was killed in the shooting.
Police say Quadarrel Morton, 24, fired the shots that left Grant dead. Morton, who has no criminal history besides a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, has not been arrested or charged with a crime in connection to the incident.
Morton reported the car stolen the night of Jan. 16, after Morton says he left the car running while going inside the Rivers Market on the corner of Rivers Avenue and Alton Street. The car belonged to Morton's girlfriend, who police say lives on Celestial Court.
Police say Morton was at his girlfriend's home on Celestial Court the morning after the car was taken, when the girlfriend's brotherlet the family know he'd spotted the stolen car outside, a few hundred feet away parked in a cul-de-sac at the end of the street.
According to 911 recordings, Morton says he was getting ready to drive to the police station the morning after to finish filling out a report on the stolen vehicle and file insurance paperwork. That's when Morton says the brother came in saying he saw the car out on the street.
Morton's girlfriend, Tamara Sumter, then walked outside onto the porch with her keyless entry remote to try getting the car's horn to blow so she could confirm it was hers, the woman's mother told 911 dispatchers.
The horn sounded. Moments later, someone appeared and began walking toward the car, Morton said in the 911 call.
"I saw an individual went inside the car with the keys in his hand," Morton said. " I said ‘Stop. Look that’s my car. What are you doing in my car?’”
“He reached for something. I fired once. When I fired once, I saw him reach again, and I fired one more time,” Morton continued.
Grant was found dead at the scene, sitting inside the driver's seat of the vehcile, according to police. The Charleston County Coroner's Office says Grant died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
The incident remains under investigation by the North Charleston Police Department.