Deputies searching for 'several suspects' in triple shooting

Photo from the scene.
Photo from the scene.

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Thursday night shooting in Colleton County has left two victims critically injured and another with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Colleton County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say two adult males and an adult female were shot just after 10 p.m. at a home off on Red Comet Road.

Deputies say a 35-year-old male was shot multiple times and was transported by medical helicopter to MUSC. He is still in critical condition.

A 42-year-old female was also critically injured and was taken to Colleton Medical Center. She has undergone surgery and is in now in stable condition, according to officials.

And a third victim, a 40-year-old male, was shot in his left leg and taken by ambulance to Colleton Medical Center and has since been released.

Colleton County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Ted Stanfield says crime scene investigators found several different caliber shell casings outside of the home.

So far, it is believed that the suspects shot the victims while on foot, not in a car.

According to Colleton County Sheriff's Office, a search warrant of the home the three victims were found at uncovered a substance believed to be marijuana, scales, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun.

"Of course we don't know what the motive of the shooting was so we don't know if any of this came into play as far as motive," said Stanfield about the evidence found inside the home.

The spokesman says the Red Comet Road shooting is the second shooting in as many weeks in Colleton County.

The first shooting ended with an innocent woman dying after being hit by a stray bullet on Westside Lane.

Sheriff Andy Strickland says that shooting appears to be gang related because it stemmed from "territorial issues" between two groups of people.

At this point, Deputies say the shooting on Red Comet Road isn't gang related or connected to the shooting last week.

"The Sheriff is really dedicating a lot of man power and efforts to make sure and try to curb this," said Stanfield about the recent violence.

If you have any information regarding this incident, call CRIME STOPPERS at 843-554-1111.

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