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MUSC: Officer and suspect status confidential after shooting

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A Charleston Police officer and suspect are no longer listed as being treated at MUSC, according to hospital officials.

In numerous calls made to MUSC on Monday, officials say Officer Cory Goldstein and Mark Blake Jr. were not listed as patients.

However, in bond court Monday morning, court officials say Mark Blake, Jr. is not on the docket for Monday and has not yet been booked in Charleston County jail. 

A MUSC spokesperson tells ABC News 4 that patients involved in some cases may or may not be listed in their care because of confidentiality concerns so just because the person is not listed, does not mean they are not there.

Police officials on Sunday afternoon identified the two men involved in the late night shooting in West Ashley that wounded them both. 

Public Information Officer Charles Francis identified the officer as Cory Goldstein, a member of the Charleston Police Department since January 2012.

Francis identified the suspect as 26-year-old Mark Blake Jr. Blake may already be out of jail on bond from previous charges, Francis said. 

Those who live nearby were startled by the gunfire and police presence

"The first 4 or 5 were distinct, you know pop, pop, pop, pop and before I could even finish processing that, it was just rapid like an automatic gun, like pow-pow-pow-pow real fast," said Randy Huffman, who lives nearby.

He said minutes after the last gunshots, he heard more sirens.

"I'm thinking well Easter's not fireworks - by the time I'm processing, it sounded like gunfire when the second shots were fired," said Huffman.

According to Police Chief Greg Mullen, Goldstein was taken to Medical University Hospital and was "doing well." Goldstein was reportedly talking with friends and coworkers just after the incident.

The officers at the hospital were relaxed, an ABC News 4 crew at MUSC said.

Mullen said the shooting stemmed from a traffic stop. Blake allegedly ran from officers and that's when the shooting happened, Mullen said. According to reports, the shooting happened in West Ashley near Sam Rittenberg and I-526.

Both the officer and the suspect were hit multiple times during the exchange, but both were listed as being in stable condition early Sunday morning at MUSC, Mullen said.

Mullen also said the State Law Enforcement Division was on the scene collecting evidence.

Officials said the scene could not be cleared until after daybreak Sunday, because investigators needed to examine the scene in full light. As a result, Sam Rittenberg Boulevard was shut down just south of I-526 to Highway 17, according to police.

Northbound lanes of Highway 17 remained open, but southbound lanes were shut down at Skylark Drive, police said.

Officials recommended using Highway 61 to Savage Road to get to southbound lanes of Highway 17 until the roadblocks are cleared.

It's unclear when Blake will appear in bond court to face charges.

All requests for details have been forwarded by CPD to SLED investigators. SLED spokesman Thom Berry told ABC News 4 that there is information from those initial reports that they are following up on. Once they get that done, Berry said the reports will be released to media.

Stay with ABC News 4 for continuing updates on this developing story.

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