NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The North Charleston Police Department (NCPD) on Wednesday afternoon responded to vandalism at Johnson Cemetery that led to a pursuit.
According to NCPD, police were called around 1:30 p.m. over reports of “vandalism by gunfire” at the cemetery. The suspects ran from police into the nearby Russelldale community off of Rivers Avenue.
A report from the North Charleston Police Department shows officers were unable to locate anyone who had been shot; however, they did find two “suspects” and a juvenile near a vehicle. The report states the suspects were unarmed, but the car they were standing next to had been struck several times with what appeared to be gunfire.
Both individuals told police they were in the cemetery to “pay homage to a friend’s gravesite when someone rode up and started shooting,” according to the report.
During a search of the scene, officers discovered a clear plastic bag containing a green plant-like material along with 17 rifle rounds, 9 .40 caliber casings, 47 .9 MM casings, and one 9mm live round.
“After a thorough investigation, the vehicles and males were released from the scene,” the report said.
A source confirmed that a helicopter was brought in to assist with the search. Shortly before 4:00 p.m., a unit wearing SWAT shirts and the emergency rescue squad showed up at the scene as well.
NCPD says that the suspects’ vehicle and license tag were stolen.
We have reached out to NCPD for additional information and will provide updates as this story develops.
Editor’s note: This story is breaking and will be updated.