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Carjacking, shots fired being investigated

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a carjacking incident that occurred outside a Kinloch Road home early Saturday, July 13.

Just after 1 a.m. Saturday, deputies responded to Kinloch Road in reference to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, deputies met with a 40-year-old male who reported that he had been shot at and had his car stolen by two unknown black males.

The victim advised that he was driving to his girlfriend’s home at 952 Kinloch Road when he noticed a large tree branch lying in the driveway.  As he got out of the car to move the branch, he heard a male’s voice from the nearby woods. When he noticed two men coming out of the woods, one armed with a handgun and the other with a shotgun, the victim dropped the branch and ran to his girlfriend’s home, leaving his vehicle running in the driveway.

As he was running he heard shots being fired behind him. The victim was able to make it inside the home uninjured. It was then discovered that several rounds had entered his girlfriend’s home and also damaged her vehicle.

When the shooting ceased, the victim went back outside, and he found that his own vehicle was gone. The victim’s vehicle, a blue 2013 Dodge Challenger was recovered later Saturday afternoon when it was reported abandoned off of nearby Stroban Road. The vehicle was undamaged.

The suspects were described only as black males dressed in dark clothing, one wearing a hooded sweatshirt, and the other had long hair. The motive for the incident remains undetermined. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Staff Sgt. J. Fraser at 843-255-3416 or Crimestoppers.

Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident that occurred at Beaufort home Saturday, July 13 evening.

Deputies responded to the residence at 10 Glaze Drive at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday evening in reference to a report of a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, contact was made with a 55-year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. The victim was unable to provide any information due to the extent of his injuries. The victim was transported to Beaufort Memorial and eventually transferred to MUSC where he remains in stable condition. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Staff Sgt. J. Fraser at 843-255-3416 or Crimestoppers.


Lady’s Island shooting suspect arrested

The suspect in last night’s shooting incident that left one man injured has been arrested.

Twenty-nine-year-old Malcolm Maurice Brabham was arrested by Sheriff’s Office investigators Tuesday afternoon. During the course of the ongoing investigation, investigators were able to track Brabham down at a worksite on Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton.

Brabham was arrested without incident just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. The investigation into the events leading up to and including the shooting of 33-year-old Chadwick Mitchell continues.

Deputies had responded to the area of 20 River Drive at approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday night in reference to a reported gunshot victim. Upon arrival, contact was made with Mitchell, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. Mitchell was able to advise that he’d been shot by his brother-in-law, Malcolm Brabham.

Mitchell advised that he had spent the evening riding around with Brabham having drinks. Eventually the men stopped and picked up a female friend. The three continued driving around, however, the men began to argue when Mitchell accused Brabham of cheating on Mitchell’s sister with the female riding with them. During the course of the argument, the female decided to exit the vehicle and walked away, leaving the two men to continue their argument. The men continued driving to the area of Holly Hall Road and Little Capers Road where Brabham stopped the car. Mitchell exited the vehicle as the dispute continued to escalate. At that time, Brabham retrieved a handgun and shot Mitchell in the torso.

Brabham then fled the area, leaving Mitchell wounded on the roadside. Mitchell walked to a nearby home on River Drive where he sought help from residents. He was transferred to MUSC, where he remains in stable condition.

In addition to charges of Attempted Murder and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime for last night’s shooting, Brabham will also be charged on other unrelated outstanding warrants to include Violation of Probation, Criminal Domestic Violence, and multiple Magistrate Court bench warrants.

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