A Saint Helena Island man is wanted on attempted murder and firearms charges after allegedly shooting a 40-year-old man in the leg outside of a Shiney Road home last Thursday, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators are searching for 25-year-old Ervin Smalls II, whose last known address is at 77 Coffin Point Road and who often hangs out at locations on Seaside Road, according to a news release.
Smalls, a convicted felon, should be considered armed and dangerous.
The Sheriff's Office said witnesses identified Smalls as a man who approached several people outside of a home on Shiney Road April 11 and began shooting, sending a 40-year-old man to Beaufort Memorial Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the leg.
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The victim told deputies he and Smalls had several confrontations in which Smalls said the victim owed him money. One of the altercations turned physical at Island Plaza about two weeks before the April 11 shooting, a news release said.
After the victim was shot in the leg, he got into his car, called 911 and drove to his home on Saxonville Road, where deputies found him at about 10 p.m. He has since been released from the hospital, the release said.
Smalls is a black male, about 6-foot-2, weighing 175 pounds with short hair. He has "Island Boy" with two palm trees tattooed on his right forearm and "Carol" tattooed on his neck.
He is wanted on charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact either investigator Cpl. L. Resto at 843-255-3510 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372).
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