Beaufort News

Man, friend charged in Bluffton shooting

A Bluffton man and his friend are charged with attempted murder after they allegedly beat the man's girlfriend and fired shotguns at her and a family member Friday night, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Albert Bush, 65, and Derrick Lamotte Chisolm, 33, were arrested in connection to the incident at Bush's 177 Fording Island Road home, where the two allegedly beat Bush's girlfriend after an argument about the couple's children and then fired shotguns at her and one of her family members as they tried to flee the property, the report said.

Bush's girlfriend sustained minor injuries in the incident but refused medical treatment, the report said.

Bush faces two counts of attempted murder, one count of second-degree assault and battery and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in connection to the incident. Chisolm is charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of criminal domestic violence high and aggravated and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Both men were released on their own recognizance Saturday from the Beaufort County Detention Center, according to the jail log.

The dispute began at about 8 p.m. after an argument between Bush and his 53-year-old girlfriend, who told deputies he pushed her to the ground and repeatedly punched her in the face. Chisolm, who told deputies he was attempting to help Bush remove the woman from the home, also assaulted her, according to the report.

When the woman's family member came to her aid, the men retrieved two shotguns from a bedroom and chased the woman and several children who were present out of the house.

As they tried to flee the property in a car, Bush, who was standing on the front porch, began to shoot at the vehicle. Chisolm also shot at the car, the report said. When deputies arrived, they found two shotguns and several shotgun shells. Both men, who also appeared to be intoxicated, were arrested without incident, according to the report.