Because there were several witnesses to the incident, investigators are confident they will be able to determine what sparked a shooting in broad daylight Thursday at the Broad River Boat Landing.
Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies were called to the landing at about 6 p.m. to reports of a gunshot victim, said Lt. Jim Bukoffsky,cq Sheriff's Office spokesman.
There, a 22-year-old man told investigators that he had been fishing near the ramp when he was approached by a still-unknown suspect and the two began arguing. The argument turned violent when the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot the man once in the back, Bukoffsky said.
The suspect ran away, but investigators are confident that they'll be able to identify the shooter in short order.
"We're hoping by the end of the day to have a positive ID on our suspect," Bukoffsky said Friday. "Obviously, there was witnesses around so by day's end, we should know who he is and what it is that they were arguing about."
The victim was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital before being taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. His condition was not disclosed, though Bukoffsky said his injuries are thought to be non-life-threatening.
The suspect faces several possible charges including assault and battery with intent to kill, according to the Sheriff's Office.