A Beaufort man faces three counts of attempted-murder for allegedly shooting at two men and a young boy last month, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
Daqawn Marquis Lawton, 21, was arrested Monday, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center log.
Lawton and a friend, Bobby Price, got into an argument July 23 outside a residence on Sea Side Road on St. Helena Island. The dispute ended with Lawton punching Price in the face, according to a Sheriff's Office report.
Price returned to his home on Ladson Road and told his brother, Brandon Bennett, what had happened, the report said. Bennett then went to confront Lawton.
Price then put Bennett's 2-year-old son, Brandon Bennett Jr., into Bennett's 1994 Grand Marquis and drove to "back his brother up," the report said. Price pulled up to the residence on Sea Side Road, where he saw Bennett and Lawton arguing in the driveway, the report said.
Bennett told deputies that during the argument, Lawton pull a handgun out of his bag. As the older Bennett then began walking toward his car, Lawton fired eight or nine shots in the direction of Bennett and his vehicle, the report said.
One round hit the driver's-side door of Bennett's vehicle, about a foot from where Price was standing and near where Bennett's son was standing in the driver's seat.
Afterward, Bennett ran, Price drove back to his home with Bennett's son and Lawton could not be found, the report said.
Price told deputies he and Bennett, Jr., took a nap, according to the report.
Back home, Bennett and Price told their mother, Debroah Bennett, what had happened, and she called the authorities despite her sons' reluctance.
Price told deputies he did not want to press charges against Lawton for punching him in the face.
Bennett would not give deputies details of the incident, and wrote in a statement that he would not testify against Lawton for shooting at him, the report said. However, Bennett told deputies he would like to pursue charges against Lawton for allegedly shooting at his son, saying he believes Lawton knew his son was in the car because he started crying during the argument.
Lawton was arrested Monday. He is being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $225,000 bond, according to the jail log.
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