Beaufort News

Four shot, one fatally, in two Beaufort incidents

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One person was killed and another three injured in two separate shooting incidents in Beaufort late Friday night and early Saturday morning. 

No information was available about the identities of anyone involved in the shootings. Calls to Beaufort Police investigator Charles Raley were not returned on Saturday evening. Police Chief Matt Clancy would not comment beyond a Beaufort Police Department news release.

The first shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the IHOP at 266 Robert Smalls Parkway, according to the release. 

While officers could not locate a victim on the scene, a man with a gunshot wound to the head checked himself into a local emergency room soon after the shooting.

Witnesses reported an argument in the IHOP parking lot before the shooting, according to the release. 

The victim was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. His condition was unknown on Saturday evening.

Police have released no description of the suspect.

An IHOP employee reached by phone on Saturday would not comment on the incident.

At 12:13 a.m. Saturday, less than an hour after the IHOP shooting, Beaufort Police responded to reports of shots fired at the Elks Lodge at 809 Church St.

When officers arrived, they found "numerous vehicles leaving the area and blood and shell casings on the street in front of the club," according to the department release. 

Three people were shot, one fatally. 

One of the survivors was transported to MUSC. The other sustained a gunshot would to the calf, according to the release. It is unclear what medical attention, if any, that person required.

The Church Street location has been the site of violent incidents in the past, including a shooting in March 2014 that left a man hospitalized. 

Investigations into both the Church Street and Robert Smalls Parkway incidents are ongoing, the release said. 

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Bob Bromage said Saturday the department is assisting in the investigation but could not provide any additional details. 

Anyone with information on these cases may call the Beaufort Police at 843-322-7914, the 24-hour dispatch center at 843-524-2777 or the tip line at 843-322-7938.