Cooper said those involved in criminal activity on the streets typically refuse to provide information to police. "There's just a code that you don't snitch," he said.
However, Cooper said police think Foster's shooting may have been in retaliation for the shooting of Danny Dickerson Jr. on May 19. Dickerson, 20, was shot in the leg near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Grant Street, and also refused to cooperate with police.
Cooper said police think Foster may be the man who pulled the trigger. He said police discovered crack cocaine hidden in a hat at the scene of Dickerson's shooting. Marijuana was found near where Foster was shot, he said.
"Drugs were found at both locations, and both victims refused to cooperate with police," Cooper said.
The shooting Friday happened outside an event that had been billed as a pre-Multifest party. The outdoor street festival is going on this weekend on the state Capitol grounds.
However, Multifest is an alcohol-free event, and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones took pains to point out that the party was in no way affiliated with Multifest and in no way sanctioned by the event's planners. "They're basically interlopers, playing off the name of Multifest," Jones said of the promoters who are pushing parties during the same weekend as Multifest.
Jones did not know if the city would take any action against the owners of Timothy's.
"They have exposure here," he said, pointing out that Foster was under the legal drinking age and that a shooting took place following an event at the bar.
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