After gunfire was heard Monday night on Romney Street, Charleston police arrived and found two men with gunshot injuries. In a report, Charleston police classified the incident as aggravated assault with a firearm.
The gunshot victims have been indentified as 27-year-old Rickey Terell Gourdine, of North Charleston, and 28-year-old Graylin Leander Whaley, whose address is listed in the incident report as 573 Meeting St., the location of the downtown homeless shelter Crisis Ministries. A spokesperson for Crisis Ministries said the organization does not divulge whether a person has stayed at the shelter or not.
According to the report, around 10:07 p.m., officers were dispatched to 14 Line St. in the Eastside neighborhood in reference to gunshots heard in the area. Upon arrival, an officer found a man lying on the sidewalk in front of 65 Hanover St. with gunshot wounds to his left arm and left leg. Officers set up a crime scene perimeter at the site, according to the report.
Officers found a second victim lying on a porch nearby at 70 Hanover St., Apt. B., with an apparent gunshot wound to the left ankle. EMS took both victims to MUSC for evaluation. The incident report does not indicate which victim was Gourdine and which was Whaley.
Police found approximately six shell casings in the roadway in front of 59 Hanover St., south of where the victims were found. Police also noted damage to the driver's side of a red Chevy Malibu parked in front of 59 Hanover St.
A police spokesman says that nothing in the investigation indicates the men were armed. The investigation is ongoing.