Two men charged with attempted murder in Beaufort shooting

astice@islandpacket.comJanuary 23, 2012 

Two Beaufort men have been arrested on charges of attempted murder after a shooting early Sunday on Robert Smalls Parkway that left a 33-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Beaufort Police Department.

Marvin Huggins, 24, and Devonte Akins, 22, have been charged in connection with the shooting, which investigators say might have resulted from an earlier dispute over a woman at a nightclub, according to a news release from the police department.

A Beaufort Police officer on patrol heard gunshots near a gas station on Robert Smalls Parkway at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the release.

The officer pulled into the parking lot as a man jumped into a car that sped off.

The officer then saw the victim, who had been shot multiple times while sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot.

Another officer located the car that had left the scene and pulled it over after a brief pursuit.

During the chase, a .45 caliber handgun was thrown out of the car's window, according to the release. The gun was later recovered, the release said.

When the officer pulled over the fleeing vehicle, Huggins and Akins were found inside. Surveillance video and witness statements confirmed that the two men were the suspects believed to be involved in the shooting, the release said.

Huggins has been charged with attempted murder, criminal conspiracy and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Akins has been charged with attempted murder and conspiracy.

Both are being held for prosecution, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center jail log.

The victim was transported to a local hospital and his condition is not believed to be life-threatening, according to the release. The police department would not release his name Sunday.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Beaufort Police Department at 843-322-7966.

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