Because there were several witnesses to the incident, investigators are confident they will be able to determine what sparked a daylight shooting Thursday at the Broad River Boat Landing.
Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies were called to the landing at about 6 p.m., said Lt. Jim Bukoffsky, Sheriff's Office spokesman.
There, a 22-year-old Burton man told investigators that he had been fishing near the ramp when he was approached by Darryl Green, 34, and the two began arguing. The argument turned violent when the Green allegedly pulled a handgun and shot the man once in the back, Bukoffsky said.
Green ran away and is still at large, police said.
Bukoffsky said investigators have been able to determine little about what the men were arguing about.
"It appears that these two men had some sort of ongoing dispute, but we don't know too much more than that," he said.
The victim was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. His condition was not disclosed, though Bukoffsky said his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Green faces one count of assault and battery with intent to kill and could face additional charges, Bukoffsky said.
"That's the only warrant we have out right now, but there may be more," he said. "Obviously, we're early into this investigation."