A 21-year-old St. Helena Island man is expected to recover after being shot early Thursday during a botched armed-robbery attempt.
The man told Beaufort County Sheriff's Office investigators that he had just arrived at his Saxonville Road at about 1:30 a.m. when he was confronted by a man armed with a handgun and wearing a bandana over his face.
The man demanded money, and when the victim said he didn't have any, the gunman fired several shots, one of which struck the victim, according to authorities.
The man was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
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No items were reported stolen.
The suspect was described as black, 20 to 30 years old, wearing a baby-blue shirt.
Anyone with information should call the Sheriff's Office at 843-255-3418 or county dispatch at 843-524-2777.