Staff Report for Island Eye News
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at 3:47 p.m. officers from the City of Isle of Palms police department responded to reports of a gunshot victim at the Charleston County Park on Isle of Palms.
Officers found the victim, Antonio Quantico Davis of North Charleston, with a gunshot wound to his left leg. Davis initially stated that he had been shot by another person, then later changed his story, admitting that he had accidentally shot himself.
Investigators met with Davis at MUSC where he admitted that he had arrived at the County Park as a passenger in a vehicle.
While inside the vehicle, he was handling a pistol and accidentally shot himself in the leg. The vehicle containing the pistol fled the scene prior to officers arriving.
Evidence examination and witness accounts corroborated Davis’ statement, the IOP PD said in a press release.
Almost simultaneously on Sullivan’s Island, fire and police departments were dispatched to Station 24 to assist swimmers in distress.
First responders found one unresponsive male that had been assisted to shore by others swimming nearby. A second male, who was also assisted to shore had swallowed a considerable quantity of water and was extremely exhausted.
The unresponsive man, later identified by the coroner’s office as 23-year-old Santos Castillo, of Hanahan, was transported by Charleston County ambulance to East Cooper hospital where he was pronounced dead, due to drowning.