1 dead, 2 injured in unrelated Lowcountry shootings

1 dead, 2 injured in unrelated Lowcountry shootings

BEAUFORT CO, Sc. (WTOC) -Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office responded to two separate shootings between 11 and 11:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.

The first shooting happened around 11:00 a.m. in Burton. Drivers of a vehicle say they were shot at multiple times by unknown suspects while in the Lawing and Walter Drives area. One of the drivers received a gunshot wound, as did a child who was inside a home close by. Both are receiving treatment for their wounds.

“There is some information that there was some kind of vehicle chase between two or more cars through this mobile home park. Stray bullets hit trailers and vehicles and a small child," said Major Bob Bromage, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

The owners describe the trailer park on Lawing and Walter drive as normally quiet, but 24 hours after the shooting, bullet holes can be seen in car windows and on the outside of trailers. One of those bullets hit an innocent victim inside one of the homes.

"The small child was a girl and she is currently being treated MUSC. There is really no condition update at this point other than the fact that she is in critical condition still."

Deputies say no arrest has been made in this shooting.

A call for the second shooting came in around 11:30 p.m. at a Lobeco home on Polite Family Lane.

“We got a call about a female gunshot victim at a residence,” Bromage said.

He says this shooting stemmed from an argument between family members and Andre Mitchell, who deputies say is the suspect in this shooting.

A 37-year-old woman identified as Shalonda Johnson of Ladson was shot and killed by 41-year-old Mitchell after an argument. Deputies found Mitchell and charged him with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

(source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Department)
(source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Department)

Both shootings are still under investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Investigator Brian Abell at 843-255-3436 if wishing to remain anonymous and for possible reward.

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