Burton man shot in week's second drive-by

BURTON -- A 27-year-old Burton man is the victim of the area's second drive-by shooting in a week after he was shot while walking down Pine Grove Road early Thursday, according to authorities.

Roderick Deon Grayer told Beaufort County Sheriff's Office deputies that he was walking home from a friend's house at about 1 a.m. when he noticed a vehicle driving toward him, according to the Sheriff's Office.

As the car approached, Grayer said someone in the car opened fire, hitting him in the right shoulder.

The vehicle sped away. Grayer told authorities the bullet knocked him off his feet, so he was unable to provide a description of the vehicle, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Grayer was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital by a passerby.His condition wasn't available Thursday.

The incident was the second drive-by shooting in Burton in a week.

Police said 18-year-old Kwamain Nix opened fire on Willie Tolbert IV as he walked down Poppy Hill Road on Aug. 6. Authorities charged Jason Lasalle Black and Andre Demonte Mitchell as accessories in the shooting. Nix faces several charges, including assault with intent to kill.

Investigators said the Poppy Hill drive-by was in retaliation for a 2007 shooting at the Semper Fi Club where Tolbert was accused of shooting Nix and two other men.

Investigators have not identified any suspects in the Pine Grove Road drive-by shooting. In addition to the shooter, authorities are looking for the bystander who drove Grayer to the hospital.


Contact investigator Sgt. Brian Chapman at 843-470-3469 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.