Crime & Public Safety

Man, 36, killed in early morning Beaufort County shooting on ‘quiet street’

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigators collected forensic evidence late Sunday morning from the front yard of a Burton home where 36-year-old Clinton Robinson was shot dead hours earlier.

Robinson was shot outside the Laurel Street East home at about 2 a.m., a Sheriff’s Office alert says.

“When deputies arrived, they learned that a man had been shot and killed by an unknown male subject,” the alert says. “Deputies also learned that the unknown subject fled the area, prior to arrival.”

Several houses down from the scene, neighbors stopped and talked with each other, each asking if the other knew any details about the crime. Each shocked that a shooting would happen on the residential street where mostly elderly people reside.

“This is usually a quiet street,” Freddy Simmons, who lives a few houses down, said Sunday. “My kids play in the street — learning to ride their bikes.”

No one ever even speeds, Simmons said. He said the neighbors all know each other by face and vehicle, at least.

Simmons said he woke up at 10 a.m. to a phone call from his daughter telling him about the shooting.

“It is weird to have it happen on my street,” Simmons said.

Multiple cars and a basketball hoop sat in the front yard of the home, as investigators with the Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit removed the yellow tape around noon.

A forensic autopsy to determine cause and manner of death will be performed on Tuesday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Sheriff’s Office Maj. Bob Bromage said the shooting is being investigated and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information is urged to call Lance Corporal Dario Sosa at 843-255-3435 or Crimestoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111 if wishing to remain anonymous and for a possible reward.

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It is the second fatal shooting in Beaufort County this weekend. A MAG-31 Marine was shot and killed by a fellow Marine Friday night on the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort.