Crime & Public Safety

Gunmen still at large in separate Sunday night shootings on Hilton Head, Bluffton, police say

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Updated 12:35 p.m. Monday — The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a car spotted fleeing the scene of a shooting on Hilton Head Island off Squire Pope Road that left two men injured Sunday night, according to Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Bob Bromage.

The shooting — which left one man shot in the torso and a second shot in the hand — happened just after 6 p.m. on Blazing Star Lane, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

One man was transported by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the other was transported to Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston by helicopter, Bromage said. Both victims were in stable condition as of Monday afternoon, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Bromage said the suspect had already fled the scene before police arrived.

Witnesses reported seeing a silver sedan with a rear spoiler leaving the scene at a high rate of speed.

“It is not known whether the subject or subject(s) responsible for the shooting were inside of the silver sedan that witnesses observed speeding away, but the driver and its occupants are believed to have witnessed the shooting and Sheriff’s Office investigators would like to identify and interview them,” the release said.

The shooting is believed to be an isolated incident, Bromage said at about 8 p.m. Sunday.

No arrests had been made as of Monday morning, Bromage said.

The shooting occurred about an hour after a shooting at a residence on Albert Green Lane in Bluffton.

The victim in that incident was airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah on Sunday evening, Bluffton Police Department Capt. Joe Babkiewicz said.

Two suspects in the shooting were taken into custody and questioned Sunday night, but no arrests have been made, Babkiewicz told The Island Packet early Monday morning.

The shooting is not believed to be related to the Hilton Head shooting or the deadly shooting that occurred at a Wendy’s on S.C. 170 on Thursday, Babkiewicz said. Abraham Gadson, 29, of Bluffton, died in the Wendy’s shooting.

“This was an isolated incident,” Babkiewicz said. “This was a dispute within the family and a shot was fired.”

In April, a man died from injuries after being shot on Blazing Star Lane. The street is a small dead-end road about 0.7 miles from U.S. 278 and 1.1 miles away from the Skull Creek area, a popular tourist spot on the island’s north end. The fatal shooting on Blazing Star Lane in April also took place on a night where there was another fatal shooting in Bluffton.

Both April 7 shootings are still being investigated and no arrests have been made, Bromage said Sunday.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 911 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC.

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