Late Tuesday morning, August 29, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of gunshots near Folly Road on St. Helena Island.
Witnesses reported that immediately following the gunshots, a gold in color Ford Taurus with the rear windshield smashed out sped away from the scene. Sheriff’s Office deputies and K-9 units arrived to search for evidence and the subjects involved in the shots fired incident. At the scene, a small amount of what appeared to be blood was found, but no gunshot victim was located.
Just over an hour after the Folly Road shots fired incident was reported, two men presented at two different area hospitals for treatment of what were described as minor gunshot wounds: one at Coastal Carolina Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the foot and the other at Beaufort Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the thigh. Although both subjects have ties to Northern Beaufort County, it has not yet been established whether the two wounded men were involved in the Folly Road incident. They are being interviewed by investigators.
In addition, just after 1:00 p.m., a gold Ford Taurus with a smashed rear windshield was found in the K-Mart Plaza in Beaufort. It is believed to be the vehicle that witnesses reported seeing speed away immediately following the gunshots on Folly Road. The Taurus is being processed by investigators for forensic evidence, as is a vehicle with multiple bullet holes found parked in a Folly Road yard near the incident location.
This remains a very active investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Sheriff’s Office Emergency Dispatch 9-1-1 or CrimeStoppers 1-888-CrimeSC if wishing to remain anonymous and for possible reward. Additional information will be released when available.