COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a 15-year-old boy is in critical condition after being shot in the head Tuesday morning in Colleton County.
Shag Qu-Tee Marshall, 34, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Deputies say the 15 year old victim answered a knock at the door and was shot by Marshall. The sheriff's office says that a 17-year-old boy, the victim's brother, also received a minor injury from the shooting.
Deputies recovered evidence from the scene and the gun they believe was used in the shooting. Investigators say Marshall acted alone and believe the motive for the shooting was in reference to an ex-girlfriend.
"It was a critical gunshot wound. I'm checking to see what his status was, but it was not good," said Colleton County Chief Deputy Ted Stanfield.
Upon arrival, investigators quickly set up a perimeter around the 1600 block of Keegan Drive to search for the shooting suspect. Deputies say a search dog tracked Marshall crawling through a field trying to escape the area.
"We have a suspect in custody that was crawling through a field trying to get through our perimeter," Stanfield said. "Luckily the K-9 was able to track right up to him."
According to court documents, Marshall was convicted in 2006 for drug dealing and convicted for a weapons charge in 2004.
Erica Gatewood was having a quiet morning with her daughters when her neighbor urgently banged on her door asking for help.
"I peeked through the window. I said what is going on?" Gatewood said. "He said 'my brother just got shot, you got to let me in.' "
Fearing for her safety and that of her three daughters she kept her door shut and called 911. Soon after medical crews and Colleton County sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene in the 1600 block of Keegan Drive.
"When I walked over there all I saw was something sticking out of his head," Gatewood said. "I asked his sister if he is alright and she told me he was stable."
The 911 call came in just before 9 a.m. Authorities say the young victim was in critical condition when first responders arrived, after being shot in the head.
Deputies set up a perimeter in the area and sent out a search helicopter and search dogs to track the scent of this man Shag Williams, who deputies say shot the 15 year old.
Gatewood says the young victim lives with his older brothers and he is a nice young man.
"This is a quiet area," she said. "I wouldn't have expected something like this right next door. It makes me afraid for me and my children."
Tuesday's shooting is the third in just 3 days in Colleton County. Marshall was locked up at the Colleton County Detention Center.