Beaufort News

Shots fired from Beaufort motel; one charged

A 20-year-old Georgia man is facing weapons charges in Beaufort after firing several shots early Sunday from a motel room.

The man, from Rockmart, Ga., was charged with one count of discharging a firearm within city limits and one count of possession of a concealed weapon, both misdemeanors, after officers were called at about 4:30 a.m. to the Quality Inn on Boundary Street.

Witnesses told officers that five to seven shots were fired from a room occupied by the man and about nine other people, Police Chief Matt Clancy said.

Officers found a small amount of marijuana in the room, as well as a .32-caliber pistol the suspect said he fired to scare off a group he said was coming to hurt him, Clancy said.

The suspect told officers the group of men returned fire before running away.

Though no injuries were reported, Clancy said the gunfire damaged a nearby transformer, which had three bullet holes in it. SCE&G repaired the damage.

None of those with the suspect could describe the man's would-be attackers or the direction they headed, Clancy said.

The suspect was released Monday from the Beaufort County Detention Center after posting bond, according to the jail log. Information on the bond amount was not available Monday.