NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Detectives are still looking for the person responsible for shooting and killing a 74-year-old woman outside a North Charleston apartment complex.
Mary Hayre was at the Pinecrest Apartments to pick up a cellphone that her grandson left during a sleepover when someone shot her to death, according to the North Charleston Police Department.
Det. Lt. Fred Hoose said officers responded to the apartment complex for a report of gunshots being heard, and there being a gunshot victim, at that location around 1:45 p.m. on February 27th.
Hayre was found slumped over inside her vehicle in the parking lot.
“She was just out here picking up a cellphone. Her grandson had a sleepover the night before and left his cellphone. I’m a parent, I’ve had my parents do the same thing – there was no need for this to occur,” said Hoose. “As she waited, an unknown perpetrator shot and killed her.”
Investigators believe someone saw what happened and has information that is crucial to finding out who killed her.
Det. Hoose said there were even children playing outside, with multiple people around, when the shooting happened.
“It was a gorgeous day, February 27th, when all of this happened,” said Hayre’s daughter-in-law, LaTasha Hayre. “It was weather that we had been waiting on, so to not be outside on that day was weird, so I know that something had to be seen.”
She said Hayre was the glue that held the family together. “We are trying to stay positive,” she said, urging people to come forward or call Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry to stay anonymous.
Officers made an arrest during their initial investigation, but they were later released after receiving additional evidence in the case.