Teen shot in face on St. Helena Island 1 of 4 injured in spate of shootings

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comMarch 10, 2014 

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A former Beaufort High School football and basketball player was among four people injured in separate shootings across northern Beaufort County over the weekend.

Two of the shootings -- one in Burton, the other in Seabrook -- occurred Friday within a half-hour span. The other two -- in Burton and on St. Helena Island -- happened on Sunday, about 16 hours apart.

The shootings were not connected and none was fatal, authorities said.

FORMER ATHLETE INJURED

Beaufort High graduate Thomas Parker, 19, is still in Beaufort Memorial Hospital after being shot in the face at about 6:35 p.m. Sunday near Jenkins Port Road on St. Helena Island, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.

Three witnesses attempted to take him to Beaufort Memorial Hospital but were stopped by deputies on Distant Island Road. EMS responded and took Parker to the hospital.

Parker's condition has prevented investigators from interviewing him, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said. Parker is a 2013 Beaufort High School graduate. He was a receiver on the school's football team, leading the Eagles with 33 catches for 438 yards in 2012, his senior season. Also a forward for the basketball team, the 6-foot-4 Parker averaged 8.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game his senior year.

Updates on Parker's condition were not available Monday. Attempts to reach Beaufort Memorial for comment were unsuccessful.

No update on the shooting was available Monday. McIntosh said a 16-year-old had been identified as a possible suspect, but no charges have been brought yet.

MAN SOUGHT

Omar Lamont Habersham, 36, of Burton is wanted for attempted murder for the shooting of a 32-year-old man inside his Coinbow Loop home, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

At about 11 p.m. Friday, deputies found the victim doubled over on a couch with gunshot wounds to the leg and hips. He was treated at Beaufort Memorial Hospital and released. The victim said he did not know who shot him or why. The suspect entered the home through a back door, fired several shots and ran, the release said.

Habersham is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

The shooting and events leading up to it remain under investigation.

Habersham is a black male, about 5-foot-7, 165 pounds, with short or shaved hair.

He should be considered armed and dangerous, the release said. Habersham has 20 previous arrests, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center, including arrests for armed robbery and aggravated assault.

SEABROOK SHOOTING

Deputies were called at about 11:30 p.m. Friday after a 26-year-old man was brought to Beaufort Memorial Hospital with several non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

The 30-year-old woman who brought the man to the hospital told deputies they were standing outside a house party along Detour Road in Seabrook when the man was shot in the lower torso.

Neither the victim nor the woman would provide any information about a possible suspect or the reason for the shooting, a news release said. McIntosh said Monday that witnesses hadn't provided information and the investigation continues.

Hospital staff told deputies a handgun fell from the victim's pants as they placed him on a stretcher. Investigators also seized cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia from the man, the release said.

BURTON SHOOTING

A 19-year-old man was shot multiple times early Sunday morning in Burton, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

Deputies were responding to a Parris Island Gateway pool hall when they were told the man was being taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle the carrying the victim flagged down a Beaufort Police Department officer on Boundary Street. Beaufort County EMS responded and took the man to the hospital.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still unclear, and no information about the shooting was released Monday.

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