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Two suspects arrested in connection with Beaufort shooting

BEAUFORT -- Beaufort Police say they arrested a shooting suspect and his teenage accomplice early Thursday as the pair tried to break into a Beaufort convenience store.

Darryl James Pryor, 23, of Beaufort and a 16-year-old boy were charged with second-degree burglary and fleeing to evade arrest after officers spotted them attempting to break into the Hess Mart on Boundary Street at about 3 a.m., said Maj. Matt Clancy, police spokesman.

The pair ran when confronted by officers and were arrested after a short chase, police said.

Pryor also was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was wanted by Beaufort Police in connection with an Oct. 1 shooting on Second Street in Polk Village.

A woman told officers that a man wearing a mask walked up to her while she sat in her car with her two children and fired two shots into the vehicle, Clancy said. The shots shattered the car's window but did not hit anyone, he said. The woman told officers the man then hit her in the face and ran.

Investigators say Pryor, known to witnesses only as "D.J.," was the man in the mask. The teen arrested with Pryor on Thursday also was arrested Oct. 1 and charged as an accessory to a felony. Both had been free on bond.

Pryor was being held Thursday at the Beaufort County Detention Center, awaiting a bond hearing.

The teenager is being charged as an adult and is being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center, according to the Solicitor's Office. His name was not released Wednesday.

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