Marley Lion, 17 was shot and killed outside Famous Joe’s Bar and Grill when he pulled over to take a nap
Marley Lion, 17, of Johns Island died of a gunshot wound at 5:02 am. Saturday at Medical University Hospital, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kimberly Rhoton said today.
She declined to say how many times he had been shot because the case is under investigation.
Lion, a popular athlete at Academic Magnet High School who graduated this spring, was fatally shot about 4 a.m. Saturday outside Famous Joe’s Bar and Grill at 1662 Savannah Highway.
The coroner’s office did not release his identity Saturday, but school officials and friends were openly grieving his death.
Principal Judith A. Peterson used the school’s automated phone messaging system Sunday to inform parents that grief counselors would be at the North Charleston school at 10 a.m. Monday.
The coroner’s office confirmed his identify today.
The Charleston Police Department is still looking for a suspect. He is described a black male, wearing baggy pants and white shoes. A possible second suspect is described as a black male wearing jeans and a dark T-shirt.
The 17-year-old slain this weekend in West Ashley told police officers before he died that he was sleeping in his sport-utility vehicle when two men shot him five times, according to an incident report.
Marley Lion, a graduate of Academic Magnet High School and a Johns Island resident, died at the hospital after the shooting around 4 a.m. Saturday.
Lion told officers that he was too drunk to drive, so he parked outside Famous Joe’s Bar and Grill on Savannah Highway, according to the report released this morning by the Charleston Police Department.
The report did not say where he had been drinking.
He was trying to sleep when two men approached his 2000 Nissan Pathfinder and started shooting, he told the police. Lion said he was hit five times before the shooters ran away over a gravel path leading from the bar to Yew Street.
Officers, who responded to calls about shots fired, found Lion lying on the ground. He had “visible abrasions and some blood to his forehead,” the report says.
He was taken to Medical University Hospital, where he died of his wounds.
Lion was a recent graduate of Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston, where he played football, basketball and lacrosse, according to school officials. He planned to attend Clemson University.
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