Man shot in Chester; 3rd shooting victim in 10 days, police say

A man was shot in Chester late Thursday in the third shooting in the area in 10 days, police said.

The victim, who was not identified, was shot in the buttocks, said Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey. Deputies found the victim at the Chester hospital emergency room, Dorsey said.

Chester officials received several calls around 11:30 p.m. Thursday about shots being fired in the area of Pickney Road and Rose Street near the Chester city limits. Deputies, along with officers from the Chester Police Department, found several shell casings in the 500 block of Sirrene Street nearby, Dorsey said.

Chester Police Department Chief Eric Williams said Sept. 6 at a news conference in Chester after two shootings earlier that week that his agency will not tolerate gun violence.

Andrew Lamont Johnson, 36, was gunned down Sept. 2 while sitting in a car just before midnight at the intersection of York and Brawley streets, officials said. On Sept. 4, another man was wounded while sitting on a porch on Jeter Street, Williams said.

South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division, and federal FBI, ATF and DEA agents, are assisting in the shooting investigations, Williams said.

Chester police and county sheriff’s deputies have responded to at least 13 shooting incidents since April, officials said.

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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.