GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Goose Creek police say an 18-year-old Goose Creek man under the influence of a hallucinogen hit a 19-year-old man with a metal baseball bat early Saturday morning before taking his own life.
Officers arrived around 4 a.m. to find Austin Waldo dead in a bathroom at a house in the Preserve neighborhood in Crowfield Plantation with a small knife next to him, according to an incident report.
Officers were then told by dispatchers that the man who called 911 was at a hospital with the victim who Waldo hit with the bat, the report stated. The man told officers that a group of people were sitting on a couch watching TV when Waldo picked up the bat and hit the victim in the head.
The man told police he was able to get the bat away from Waldo and throw it in some bushes, but then Wando began chasing the group with scissors. The man was able to drive the victim who was hit with the bat to the hospital, according to the report.
“Preliminary indications are that Waldo died of self-inflicted injuries after assaulting another person with a baseball bat while under the influence of a hallucinogen,” Goose Creek Assistant Chief of Police John Grainger said. " We believe this incident is isolated to the persons involved and that no danger is posed to the neighborhood or greater community."