One dead, two injured in separate shootings

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The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two shootings in northern Beaufort County on Saturday night that left one dead and two wounded.

Between 11 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to two unrelated shooting incidents in northern Beaufort County.

The first shooting occurred at approximately 11 p.m. in the area of Lawing and Walter drives in Burton. In that incident, occupants of a vehicle reported they were shot at multiple times by unknown male subjects. One of the vehicle’s occupants — an adult male — sustained a gunshot wound, as did a child who was inside a nearby residence.

The wounded man and child were transported to the Beaufort Memorial Hospital and later transferred to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. There is no update on the condition of the man or the child at this time.

The subjects responsible have not been located.

The second shooting was reported at approximately 11:30 p.m. at a residence on Polite Family Lane in Lobeco. It was reported that a woman — later identified by the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office as 37-year-old Shalonda Johnson of Ladson — was shot and killed by 41-year-old Andre Mitchell following a verbal dispute.

Sheriff’s Office deputies located Mitchell and charged him with Murder and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime. A forensic autopsy is scheduled to be performed today at MUSC.

Both shooting incidents are under investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Investigator Brian Abell at 843-255-3436 or Crimestoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111 if wishing to remain anonymous and for possible reward.

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