Lady’s Island shootout leaves man dead

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A man was killed and at least one more was wounded in a shootout on Monday night on Lady’s Island following nearby Beaufort High School’s graduation ceremonies.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating shots fired in the parking lot of the Circle K on Lady’s Island. 

At approximately 9 p.m., deputies responded to a report of shots fired between the occupants of two vehicles in the parking lot of the Circle K gas station on Highway 21. It was reported that the vehicles fled the scene after the shots were fired.

Sheriff’s Office investigators interviewed witnesses and processed the scene through the night and recovered multiple cartridge casings in the parking lot.

Shortly after the shooting, one of the two vehicles was found nearby in the parking lot of the Professional Village on Sunset Boulevard. 

Two male occupants of that vehicle were wounded in the exchange of gunfire: one was deceased and one was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Beaufort County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased man found in the vehicle as Clarence Mitchell III, 20, of St. Helena Island. A forensic autopsy is being scheduled to be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Anyone with information on the identities of the subjects involved in this shooting is urged to call Staff Sergeant Todd Duncan at 843-255-3418 or Crimestoppers at 843-554-1111 if wishing to remain anonymous and for possible reward. 

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