RIDGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office says a car found with blood on I-26 could possibly be tied to a nightclub shooting in Ridgeville early Sunday morning that left a 22-year-old man in critical condition.
Deputies responded to mile marker 194 Sunday morning in reference to a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper locating a car that was possibly involved in a shooting at Club Bubba's.
The trooper reported that around 7 a.m. he saw a silver Impala that had two flat rear tires, and a small hole in the passenger's side. Officers say they also discovered what appeared to be blood on the front passenger's seat and floorboard.
A few hours earlier, around 4:51 a.m., the sheriff's office had responded to mile marker 200 on I-26 eastbound in reference to a shooting that happened at Bubba's, located in the area of Campbell Thicket Road.
A Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy who was already on scene said he responded to the area for a reported disabled Honda Accord that was occupied by a 22-year-old man who had a gunshot wound to his left leg.
Authorities say the victim was in the back seat of the car, and discovered the victim had a gunshot wound to his stomach. The victim was transported to MUSC in critical condition.
Investigators say two other men who were in the disabled car said they were asked by the victim to come to "Bubba's," a club on Peacock Lane, to give him a ride. Both witnesses say that after arriving at the club, an unknown subject began shooting. The victim was then hit by the gunfire.
A police report states the witnesses and the victim then got into a Honda Accord and left the scene. The witnesses say after the car ran out of gas, both witnesses called 911 to get help for the victim.
After investigators spoke to both men, a woman arrived in the area and said she had witnessed the shooting at the club. According to police, the woman was talking to the owner of the club when the unknown subject began shooting.
The woman said she felt an unknown object hit her right leg and forearm, and was possibly struck by a spent gun shell casing.
Authorities, who say the club does not have a history of violence, are continuing the investigation. If you have any information on this incident please call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111 or the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office at 843-873-5111.