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Chester man, 36, dead in shooting; investigation ongoing, police say

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A Chester man has been killed in a street shooting, according to Chester police.

The victim was identified as Andrew Lamont Johnson, 36, said Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker and Chester Police Department Chief Eric Williams.

Johnson was transported to the hospital by a private citizen, Tinker said. An autopsy is set for Wednesday afternoon, Tinker said.

Johnson was found around midnight Wednesday by officers at the hospital in Chester where he died, Williams said. The shooting happened a few minutes before midnight on Tuesday night, Williams said.

“We have an unfortunate and tragic loss of life in our community and we are going to investigate this from top to bottom and find out how this happened and why this happened,” Williams said. “It is our goal to keep violence out of the city of Chester and we will pursue this case until we know exactly how this occurred. We are doing so with extreme urgency.”

The shooting happened on the street at the intersection of York and Brawley streets, Williams said. Chester officers and Chester County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to several calls of shots fired in the area, Williams said.

No other victims were found, Williams said.

Chester Sheriff Max Dorsey sent a K-9 unit and other deputies to assist with the investigation.

No suspect in the shooting has yet been located, Williams said.

Both Williams and Dorsey have had community meetings in recent months to address shootings in the city of Chester and Chester County.

‘It is frustrating that we have had these shooting incidents, but what that means is we will work even harder to ensure that the people of Chester County, including inside the city limits, are safe in their neighborhoods,” Dorsey said Wednesday. ‘We as law enforcement are dedicated to working together to solve these crimes and to stopping the violence and shootings.”

A stop the violence march and rally is Sept. 14, Dorsey said. Details about the march and rally are pending.

A teen was shot in late July in a drive-by near Collins Street, police said. Other shootings in May and April happened near the J.A. Cochran Bypass, Jeter Street and Simrill Street, police said.

Dorsey said the number of shootings in a small area is disturbing. Agents from the State Law Enforcement Division and federal law enforcement are assisting in the investigation of all the shootings.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

A 14-year-old Rock Hill girl was killed in a drive-by in Chester County, South Carolina. The girl was not the intended target of the gang shooting, police said.

Myrtle Beach police patrol the area of 7th Avenue North and Chester Street.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.
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