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Sheriff’s Office looking into drive-by shooting

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drive-by shooting incident that occurred at a Bonaire Estates home late Saturday, April 20.

Just after 11 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Bonaire Circle South. Several witnesses advised having seen a dark-colored sedan occupied by two black males, driving slowly down the road. As the vehicle approached the residence at 108 Bonaire Circle South, the passenger of the vehicle reportedly opened fire, discharging numerous rounds at the home. The vehicle then sped away, turning left onto Parris Island Gateway. Moments later, witnesses advised seeing the occupants of the home leave the area as well.

The victims, a 44-year old female, her 21-year old daughter, and two juvenile males, ages 4 and 7 had been inside the home when the shots were fired. No injuries were sustained as a result of the shooting. At this time, no suspects have been identified and the motive for the shooting remains unknown.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information to contact either Investigator A. Zsamar at 843-255-3408 or Crimestoppers.

Business armed robbery being investigated

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred last week at a Seabrook business.

Just after 3:30 p.m. April 18, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Driftwood Bait Shop (2586 Trask Pkwy) in reference to a robbery occurring moments earlier. Upon arrival, deputies met with a 54-year old male employee who advised that he’d just been robbed at gunpoint. The victim reported that an unknown black male had entered the store, asking for fishing supplies. As the victim turned around to retrieve the requested item, the suspect brandished a handgun. The suspect demanded the money from the register, and after being given an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled the store.

The suspect was seen getting into a light gray older model sports car that was waiting outside the store, occupied by a second individual. It was noted that the vehicle’s front metal bumper was dented. The vehicle was last seen heading towards the Dale area.

The victim was unable to provide any further description of either suspect, and sustained no injury during the incident. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact either Investigator Cpl. B. Disbrow at 843-255-3407 or Crimestoppers.

Sheriff’s Office looking for armed robber suspect

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred outside an apartment complex early Friday, April 19.

Just after 1 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to Magnolia Park (314 Laurel Bay Rd) in reference to an anonymous noise complaint. While checking for any disturbance, deputies observed a black male subject running away from the area of the 400 building. There, deputies made contact with a 24-year old male who reported that he’d just been robbed and assaulted by the man deputies had seen fleeing.

The victim advised he had just arrived home when the unknown black male suddenly approached him. The suspect pointed a gun in his face, ordered the victim to the ground and demanded money. After taking the victim’s wallet and cell phone, the suspect struck the victim in the back of the head with gun and fled the area.

The victim sustained minor head injury for which he was treated at the scene by responding EMS personnel. The suspect was described as a black male between 20-30 years of age, approximately 5’09”, 230 lbs, wearing a long-sleeve green shirt and dark pants.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact either Investigator Cpl. J. Malphrus at 843-255-3426 or Crimestoppers.

PALS offers basic water rescue course

Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services (PALS) will hold an American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue Course at the Battery Creek Swimming Pool, 1 Blue Dolphin Drive, Burton, SC, 29906, (located on the Battery Creek High School campus). Participants must be 14 years of age or older to participate in the class which will be Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.bcgov.net/PALS  or call Yolanda Middleton at 843-255-6760.