Shooting suspects hid in ditch behind police station, report states

Pictured from left to right are Gardner, Hanton and Addison (Al Cannon Detention Center)

If you're running from the cops, you probably shouldn't hide in a ditch behind a police station.

According to an incident report provided by the North Charleston Police Department, that's what happened with men suspected of a shooting that happened at a night club on Ashley Phosphate Road.

The report states an officer at a traffic stop near Club Vegas heard gunfire and looked up to see a vehicle leaving the parking lot. Officers say they followed the vehicle and attempted to stop it at a dead end near the police station and a North Charleston fire station. At that point, officials say, they saw two men run.

Officers inside the police station were called to assist, and two men were found in a ditch behind the station. Inside the vehicle, police say, were 50 grams of marijuana, a gun stolen from the Santee Police Department, a cell phone and a business card.

Police say the card and statements from the other two men led them to later arrest a third man.

Charged in the incident are Carlton Alexander Gardner, 33, of Dorchester County; Tywawn Donnell Hanton, 20, of Dorchester County and Xavier Dimitri Addison, 19, of St. George.

Gardner faces two charges of unlawful carrying of a firearm and a charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Hanton and Addison face charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession/sale of pistols by certain persons.

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