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One dead following downtown Charleston shooting

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One person is dead following an afternoon shooting in downtown Charleston.

Officers responded to a baseball field on America Street just after 4:00 p.m. after reports of shots fired. When they arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds in a baseball dugout.

The victim was later pronounced dead at MUSC.

Anetria Evans was at a friend's house when she heard the gunshots and immediately went to help. Evans said when she found the victim, he had a gunshot wound to the head.

"When I arrived over there I said, 'Hang on man, hang on,' she said. "I touched his pulse and it was faded, but he gasped for breath. I wish I could have done more, but I couldn't."

Evans said she saw five to seven men run away from the scene. A spokesperson for Charleston police said they found a person of interest shortly after the shooting during a traffic stop. Officials stopped short of calling that person a suspect.

Throughout the afternoon and into the evening, officers were seen combing the entire area, looking for clues. Onlookers sat in their front yards as officials began questioning those nearby for clues.

As the investigation continued, Evans said she became more worried about her safety.

"It kids seem not to have value of life, and there is life out here," Evans said. "Those shots could have gone anywhere to any other person."

Much of the neighbor was tight-lipped about details. Many said that they are worried about the on-going violence in the area and hope police can do something to stop the problem.

Evans had a similar hope that the violence would end, not for her own sake, but for the youngest in the community.

"I just hope these guys that did this, they'd find them and put them away because this kind of stuff has got to stop," she said. "There are too many kids out here, playing football."

The identity of the victim has not been released at this time. Officers would not comment on if they are searching for more than one suspect.

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