Facing drugs charges, drive-by shooting victim turns himself in

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 3, 2014 

Thomas Morris Bush


The victim of a January drive-by shooting turned himself in to police Monday morning after being charged with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a Bluffton Police Department news release.

Thomas Morris Bush, 27, was shot in the lower leg outside of his 83 Shults Rd. house in Bluffton Jan. 15, but was not cooperative with the investigation, police said.

At the time, Bush told authorities he was shot while walking Shults Road, but it is now believed he was on his porch when the passenger in an approaching vehicle began firing, according to the Bluffton Police Department.

Police also believe someone fired back at the vehicle, and an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

In the process of searching Bush's home, officers say they found cocaine.

Police announced that they would charge Bush with intent to distribute cocaine on Jan. 22, at which time his whereabouts were unknown, according to police. Bush was believed to have been treated for his injuries at the Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

Bush was taken into custody and transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center after turning himself in around 5 a.m. Monday, the release said.

Those with information are asked to contact Lt. Tony Charron of the Bluffton Police Department at 843-706-4565 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372.

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