Beaufort News

Suspect sought after shots fired in Beaufort

Beaufort Police are looking for a 17-year-old Beaufort man wanted for attempted murder after an apparent drive-by shooting attempt Tuesday near the Charles Lind Brown Activity Center.

Joshua Isaac Oliver of Washington Street has been identified as the person who fired several pistol shots from a car toward an outdoor basketball court at the center, according to a police department news release.

The incident occurred at about 1:10 p.m. at the intersection of Greene and Hamar streets, according to Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy. After the shots were fired, the vehicle drove away.

No injuries were reported.

Witnesses told authorities four of the men on the basketball court who might have been the target of the assault ran to a black car and sped away. Officers searched the area and found those men, "who provided helpful information," the release said.

Authorities then found the suspect's vehicle and its occupant. Police said the driver was a 15-year-old female who stole the weapon involved from a family member. The girl is being sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

A second juvenile female who had been in the vehicle was also located. The girl's age was not given, and police say they have not determined the extent of her involvement.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 843-524-2777 or Investigator Wilson at 843-322-7949.