Originally created 12/13/04

North Charleston mayor, family attacked



CHARLESTON, S.C. - The mayor of North Charleston was shot at after he pursued three men who snatched his daughter's purse while the family was out shopping.

No one was injured and Mayor Keith Summey backed away from the shooter's line of sight, North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

Police found a 16-year-old male hiding inside a trash bin behind the shopping center. Police did not release his name.

North Charleston police Lt. Ken Hagge said officers and Charleston County sheriff's deputies were looking for the other two suspects in the area surrounding Interstate 26.

Police described one suspect as a black man, 6 feet tall, about 150 pounds, with a short cornrow hairstyle and wearing a yellow fleece pullover with a black stripe on the sleeve. Police had an incomplete description of the third suspect.

Summey was shopping with his wife, his two adult children and his mother-in-law when they were approached by the men about 3 p.m. at Gaslight Square shopping center, police said.