Beaufort News

Second St. Helena Island shooting suspect turns himself in

Erick Holmes
Erick Holmes Beaufort County Detention Center

A 27-year-old St. Helena Island man turned himself into the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office early Saturday morning after being sought in connection with a July 2 shooting.

Erick Holmes faces charges of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle and discharging a firearm into a dwelling in connection with the incident on Dulamo Road on St. Helena Island. He was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center until Saturday afternoon, after arriving at the Duke Street Sheriff’s Office building in Beaufort around 6 a.m.

The other suspect, 30-year-old Brian Bryan, also of St. Helena Island, turned himself in on Aug. 4, the morning after the Sheriff’s Office put out a news release asking for the community’s help to locate the two men. Bryan was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center for the morning and afternoon of Aug. 4 before he was released on a $10,000 bond.

The victim of the shooting, an adult male, suffered a non-life-threatening wound to his lower leg, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. Bryan and Holmes allegedly fired multiple times into the victim’s vehicle, the release said. The man told deputies he was driving his 5-month-old child to the child’s mother’s house on Levant Byas Road when he was shot at, according to the report.

In an email to The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet, the child’s grandmother said the child was not injured.

“The proximity of the bullet holes to his car seat were very close,” she wrote. “This could have easily been a tragic situation.”

Joan McDonough: 843-706-8125, @IPBG_Joan