WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Gunfire erupted outside the Colleton County Jail on Tuesday, leaving four people wounded and the suspected shooter in custody.
Police say it apparently started around 12:30 p.m. with a domestic dispute at the El Cheapo gas station on Sniders Highway and ended with the shooting near the jail's salley port.
Investigators say the suspect, Ervin Sanders Jr., of Round O, allegedly assaulted a woman at the El Cheapo gas station.
A witness at the gas station told Live 5 News she saw a group of people come to the aid of the woman. She said a fist fight broke out between the suspect and the individuals that lead to a car chase.
Walterboro police officers responded to East Washington Street for a report of a black Ford chasing a red Lincoln. According to investigators, officers stopped the Ford and recovered a black handgun from the vehicle.
Police say Sanders shot out their back window at the jail, hitting one man in the neck and two other people in the leg. A woman was cut by the shattered glass.
"I think they were going for safe haven, this guy was chasing them," said Walterboro Public Safety Chief Otis Rhodes. "I think they went to the first place where they thought they could get some help and it happened to be the Colleton County Detention Center.
Three of the four victims were taken to Colleton Regional Medical Center. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
The man who was shot in the neck was flown to MUSC. A family member told Live 5 News he is back home and in good condition, however, surgeons could not removed the bullet from his neck for fear of causing worse damage.
Sanders was also injured. Police say he may have been beaten up by some of the victims. Rhodes says Sanders may face several charges including attempted murder.
Authorities say they have never had dealings with Sanders before. Sanders is being charged with criminal domestic violence, four counts of attempted murder, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and discharging a firearm in city limits.
Anyone with additional information about this incident should contact the Walterboro Public Safety Department at 843-549-1811 or 843-549-1812, or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (www.sccrimestoppers.com).