The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident that left one man injured.
Just after 7 p.m. Jan.12, 2012, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported gunshot victim at a Billy Hill Rd residence. While en route, it was learned that the victim had been transported away from the incident location by a friend to the nearby Food Lion (350 Shanklin Rd). There, deputies made contact with a 39-year old male suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower torso.
The victim’s friend, a 29-year old Beaufort man, advised that he and the victim had been hanging out with other friends outside the residence at 6 Billy Hill Rd when an unknown white four-door vehicle pulled up. A subject described as a light-skinned black male with dreadlocks reportedly exited the car and began shooting.
Following the shooting, the victim and his friend fled the area, calling law enforcement to report the incident once they reached Food Lion. The victim was subsequently transported by EMS to Beaufort Memorial where he remains for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
No motive for the shooting has been established and no further description of the suspect has been made available by witnesses at this time.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact either Investigator Cpl. A. Zsamar at 843-255-3408 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.