Man who dropped dying Seabrook man at Beaufort hospital charged with murder

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comJanuary 22, 2014 

Quinton Darnel Delaney Jr.

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A man who sped off after leaving a dying Seabrook man at Beaufort Memorial Hospital on Saturday was charged with the man's murder Wednesday.

Quinton Delaney Jr., 21, is charged with murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old Tyrice Washington of Seabrook, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say Delaney and Washington had been drinking in a vehicle parked on Delaney Circle in Seabrook at about 10 p.m. when the shooting occurred. Both men allegedly were handling firearms. Investigators accuse Delaney of shooting Washington after a disagreement broke out, the release said.

No information on how investigators were able to determine Delaney and Washington argued before the shooting was included in the release. Reached Wednesday, Sheriff P.J. Tanner declined to comment.

Delaney allegedly drove around before eventually dropped off Washington at Beaufort Memorial Hospital's emergency room. Washington was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Hospital security told investigators Delaney entered the hospital and yelled "my bro just got shot," then sped away in a white sport utility vehicle almost immediately after staff members pulled Washington from the vehicle, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

Beaufort Police Department officers stopped Delaney for speeding in his white Chevrolet Tahoe near Palmetto Street just a few minutes later. Officers found a handgun in plain view on the floorboard of his vehicle, the Sheriff's Office has said.

Delaney was arrested and charged Saturday with speeding, unlawful carrying of a handgun and unlawful possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number. Delaney is being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center without bond, according to the jail log.

An investigation into Washington's death continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 843-255-3416 or 843-255-3426.

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