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Suspect wanted in assault of cab driver

A suspect has been identified in the September 28 assault of a cab driver on Old Bailey Road.

Shykeim Raykwan Wright, 18, of Grays Hill is wanted on one count of assault and battery high and aggravated for the attack that left a 63-year-old cab driver hospitalized with severe facial injuries.

The victim, a driver for Maude’s Cab service, reported that he’d picked up a young black male from Ben Allen Road in Grays Hill that Sunday morning and drove him to Old Bailey’s Road as requested. The two men talked as he drove, with no indication of anything amiss.

However, as they approached the area of Blueberry Lane on Old Bailey’s Road, Wright suddenly attacked the driver without provocation, striking him in the head with a hammer. Wright got out of the vehicle and the victim tried to drive away, but Wright continued to assault him, smashing the windows of the vehicle with a rock and beating the victim about the head and face.

The victim was eventually able to disengage and drove a short distance, pulling into a private driveway and honking the horn to summon help as Wright fled the area on foot.

The motive for the attack remains unknown, and nothing was reportedly stolen. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Shykeim Raykwan Wright is asked to call either Investigator Sgt. B. Cooler at 843-255-3423 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Wright is a black male, approximately 5’06”, 175 lbs with a 2-3” afro hairstyle. His last known address is 14 Ben Allen Road.

Wright is also wanted on two unrelated counts of Pointing and Presenting a Firearm for an incident in July 2014, during which he allegedly brandished a weapon and threatened to kill two victims at 19 Walter Drive in Burton. Due to the violent nature of Wright’s offenses, he should be considered as potentially armed and dangerous.


Shooting in Seabrook still under investigation

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation into a shooting incident in Seabrook that left one man injured on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Just after 7 p.m., deputies responded to the area of the Whale Branch bridge in reference to a reported gunshot victim. Deputies located a white Chevy Malibu occupied by three subjects nearby on Fieldfare Way. The backseat passenger was a 28-year-old black male suffering from a gunshot wound to the back.

The driver and front seat passenger of the vehicle advised that they had been at a house party on Delaney Circle and decided to leave. As they were leaving, they heard several subjects arguing. An unknown male then jumped into the back seat of the car and yelled to get him out of there.

As the three men drove away, unknown suspect(s) began shooting at the vehicle. They drove to Hwy 21 then turned onto Fieldfare Way, pursued by the suspects in an unknown vehicle, who continued to shoot at them. Multiple shots were fired, one of which entered the vehicle and struck the back seat passenger.

The driver pulled over and called for help, rendering aid to the victim until deputies arrived. The victim was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital where he remains in stable condition.

At this time, no suspect(s) have been identified. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Cpl J. Malphrus at 843-255-3426 or Crimestoppers. To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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