Monday, December 29, 2014

Police release brief report on Christmas Day shooting death of 17-year-old

Burke High student died after receiving gunshot in Eastside neighborhood

Posted by Paul Bowers on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Four days after a 17-year-old high school student died of a gunshot wound he received while in Charleston's Eastside neighborhood, police have released an incident report that reveals little additional information.

According to the report, on Dec. 25 at about 3:20 a.m., officers responded to a report of shots being fired in the area of Jackson and Hanover streets, an intersection near Martins Park and the Martin Luther King Jr. Pool. The report states that the victim "later arrived at MUSC with an apparent gunshot wound." According to Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis, Holloway was taken to the hospital by a civilian and not by Emergency Medical Services. The victim, who was later identified by a coroner as 17-year-old Hezekiah Holloway, died in an operating room at MUSC.

A 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee is also mentioned in the incident report under the "Property" section, although the report does not indicate the significance of the vehicle. Francis said he did not know for certain the significance of the vehicle. No further information has been released about the shooting, but the incident report indicates that an investigation is ongoing.

According to the high school athletics website MaxPreps, Holloway played as a freshman wide receiver on the Burke High varsity football team during the 2012-2013 season and was scheduled to graduate in 2016. Pastor Thomas Dixon, a local activist who has led rallies protesting violence in the black community and unequal police enforcement in black neighborhoods, says that while he has heard scant information about the police investigation, he has heard positive remarks about Holloway's character.

"I've heard really good comments about the young fellow. He was a church-going guy," Dixon says. "One of my older friends attended the church where he was, and he was basically just a good kid."

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