Hilton Head man fatally shot in his Marshland Road front yard

astice@islandpacket.comDecember 13, 2012 

A 19-year-old Hilton Head Island man was shot to death Wednesday night in his front yard on Marshland Road, leaving investigators searching for a suspect and a motive.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said a relative heard gunshots about 7 p.m. and found CesaReyna-Reyna on the ground.

Reyna-Reyna was pronounced dead at Hilton Head Hospital at 7:47 p.m., said county Deputy Coroner David Ott.

Another man was with Reyna-Reyna in the yard just before the shooting, and investigators are working to identify him, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said. In a news released issued late Thursday night, Sheriff's Office officials described the man only as African American.

That same release said a K-9 unit had located a firearm in a wooded area within a few hundred feet of the scene of the shooting. While the gun was still being processed late Thursday, it is believed to be connected to the shooting, Captain Bob Bromage said in the release.

Soon after the shooting, deputies swarmed the neighborhood, shutting down the road in both directions.

Reyna-Reyna was born in Mexico, the Sheriff's Office said. His immigration status has not yet been confirmed with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. He had not attended a local high school, McIntosh said.

Nearby residents were advised to stay inside and lock their doors for hours after the shooting.

Guy Malool, who lives in Crosswinds across the road from the shooting, said it took him an 1 1/2 hours to get home from a trip that should have taken five minutes.

"It's really unnerving that it's the second shooting in that area," Malool said. The scene reminded him of the killing of 8-year-old Khalil Singleton, who was shot during a gun battle while playing in his grandmother's front yard in early September.

Reyna-Reyna's body has been sent to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for an autopsy, according to the coroner's office.

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