Town of Port Royal police and Georgia authorities are still looking for a 25-year-old Columbus, Ga., man accused of fatally shooting a woman stationed at Naval Hospital Beaufort last week.
Investigators say they believe Leo DeAndre Scott fled Port Royal last week after shooting his ex-girlfriend, Velencia Compton, in the head during a domestic dispute inside the woman's Battery Lane apartment.
Compton worked at the hospital's branch medical clinic at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, according to base officials. She was a dental corpsman, according to her Facebook page.
Port Royal Police have not said what they think the two were arguing about or what might have prompted the shooting.
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After the shooting, Smith fled in Compton's car with their 3-year-old son, Jayden, investigators said.
An Amber Alert was issued for the child, who was found in Columbus, Ga., after Scott dropped the boy off at a relative's house. The woman's vehicle was later found at a nearby Walmart.
Police believe Scott might still be in the Columbus area.
Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer this week that his officers have been searching homes where Scott might be hiding. However, they have been unable to locate him.
A warrant charging Scott with murder has been issued, a Port Royal Police spokesman said.
Scott has no prior arrests in Beaufort County but has had some previous run-ins with Georgia authorities, including an unresolved drug charge from December 2010, the Georgia newspaper reported.
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The Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer contributed to this report.