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Three teens shot in Bluffton; one in critical condition

A 16-year-old was shot in the head and remained in critical condition Sunday after a shooting early Saturday on Buck Island Road that also injured two other teenagers, according to a Bluffton Police Department news release.

Police responded to Eagle Ball Field at 157 Buck Island Road at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday in reference to gunshots and found Cleveland Edwards, 19; Brandon Lee, 18; and the 16-year-old all with gunshot wounds.

Edwards and Lee, both of Hardeeville, were treated for their injuries at Coastal Carolina Hospital and released. Police are not releasing any information on the 16-year-old because the victim is a juvenile.

Bluffton police Lt. Angela Tubbs said no additional information or details of the incident are available because of an ongoing investigation.

Police have not identified any suspects, Tubbs said. Those responsible for the shooting might have been driving a white Pontiac-type vehicle and are described as black males between the ages of 18 and 23 years old, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the crime should contact Detective Jason Pontz at the Bluffton Police Department at 843-540-4162.

Tubbs said all three victims are students but could not say where because of the investigation. She did say that they do not attend Bluffton High School.

Saturday’s incident was the second shooting on Buck Island Road in just over a week. But the crimes are not related, Tubbs said.

On Oct. 16, Joseph Thomas Velez, 16, got into an argument with a man in his girlfriend’s neighborhood about being charged $10 to enter a garage, according to a Bluffton police news release.

Velez allegedly pointed a handgun at the man and threatened him before firing once in the air and fleeing the area, the release said.

About an hour later, Velez returned to the garage on Buck Island Road and allegedly fired six rounds into it. One of the rounds struck a 25-year-old man in the chest, the release said.

The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, and he was released from Savannah’s Memorial University Medical Center last week.

Velez is charged as an adult with assault with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into a dwelling and pointing a firearm at a person, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center log.

Jonathan Steve Midence-Olivera, 19, has also been charged in connection with the incident and has been released on his own recognizance.

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