BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Two St. Helena men are accused of shooting at a suspected drug dealer, a woman and three children on a highway in Beaufort County.
The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has charged 32-year-old Harold Ernest Daise Jr. and 26-year-old Quinton Jabari Doe with five counts of attempted murder, one count of simple possession of marijuana and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
Around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, deputies received a report of a gunshot victim traveling in a Ford Expedition eastbound on Highway 170 in Bluffton. The victim said she was shot by two unknown men following her in a Chevy Tahoe. A second emergency call was then received from the two people inside the Tahoe, claiming that they had been robbed by the people in the Expedition and were pursuing them.
Deputies located and conducted a traffic stop on the Expedition, driven by 24-year old Kristina Nicole Trudell. Investigators say Trudell, who had gunshot wounds to the back and leg, was with 24-year-old Joshua Oshie Pryor, and three children, ages 8, 5 and 3.
Trudell was transported to Savannah Memorial Hospital for treatment for life-threatening injuries. Deputies say Pryor and the children were not injured.
A traffic stop was also conducted on the Tahoe a short distance away at the Highway 170 and Highway 46 traffic circle. Deputies made contact with the driver, Daise, and his passenger, Doe.
According to investigators, it was learned that just before the shooting, Trudell and Pryor had arranged to meet Daise and Doe at the Beaufort Walmart for the purpose of a drug deal.
An incident report states that after the transaction, during which Pryor allegedly sold what was supposedly crack cocaine to Daise and Doe, all parties left the area.
Deputies say Daise and Doe quickly realized that the substance they had been sold was fake, and they set out to locate Pryor and Trudell. Investigators say upon catching up to Trudell on Highway 170, Doe fired several rounds into Trudell's vehicle and continued to pursue them before being stopped by law enforcement.
Deputies recovered a handgun along with a small amount of marijuana, a pill bottle containing a schedule II narcotic and several baggies of a substance packaged to appear as crack cocaine from Daise's vehicle.
Investigators say Doe, who was identified as the shooter, was also charged with one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
The sheriff's office states that additional charges may be pending against all parties as members of the Beaufort-Jasper Multi-Jurisdiction Drug Task Force further investigate the alleged drug transaction.