A man deputies said was trying to sell counterfeit merchandise in a Bluffton parking lot was shot and robbed Wednesday afternoon, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.
Deputies were called to Coastal Carolina Hospital shortly before noon for a man with a gunshot wound to his leg, the release said. The victim said he was shot while showing counterfeit purses and clothing to a group of three unknown men in the Tanger 2 area, according to the release.
The victim reportedly approached the group about buying his wares in the parking lot of a Bluffton gas station. At the suspects' request, the seller and his girlfriend following them to a more secluded location near Tanger 2, the release said.
The suspects looked at the items in the seller's trunk and began discussing a deal when one of the men pulled out of a handgun, shot the victim and stole his merchandise. The three men then drove away in a light silver or gray Oldsmobile sedan.
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The victim was driven to the hospital by his girlfriend and later transported to Memorial United Medical Center in Savannah, where he remained Wednesday afternoon, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.
His condition and other details of the incident were not available from the Sheriff's Office.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).