Mount Pleasant man charged with attempted murder in downtown Beaufort shooting

emoody@beaufortgazette.comJune 24, 2013 

A Mount Pleasant man accused of shooting at a car in downtown Beaufort early Friday turned himself in to city of Beaufort Police on Monday and was charged with attempted murder.

Timothy R. Sponar, 59, suspected of shooting at a car at about midnight near the intersection of West and Port Republic streets, was escorted out of police headquarters in custody at about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Sponar was taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center for booking, where he was being held without bond for prosecution Monday night.

Attorney Harvey McCormick III of Beaufort said Sponar turned himself in and has "nothing to hide." McCormick declined further comment.

Police spokeswoman Hope Able said Sponar was identified as a suspect after interviews with victims and witnesses.

According to police, Sponar and an unidentified woman were arguing near the intersection. Two men attempted to break up the argument.

Sponar said he "had something" for them, went to his vehicle and retrieved a 9 mm handgun. One of the victims ran, while the other got in his vehicle. Sponar fired an undisclosed number of shots at the vehicle. No one was injured and the victim drove away.

Shell casings were recovered at the scene, Able said.

Able did not have information Monday night about what the Sponar and the woman were arguing about or what the woman was doing during the fight. She also was not able to provide information about what Sponar and the woman did after the alleged shooting.

The involvement of other people in the incident is under investigation and additional charges could be levied, Able said.

Additional information is expected to be released Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigator George Erdel at 843-322-7958 or the anonymous tip line at 843-322-7938.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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