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A 25-year-old man is dead after being shot early Christmas morning at his Bluffton home, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
Adrian Allen Hilliard, of 5 Jade Stone Court, died Sunday morning after being flown via helicopter to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah after he was shot once, according to Capt. Bob Bromage.
Police and emergency medical personnel responded to the mobile home at about 1 a.m. after receiving a report of a gunshot victim.
The case is under investigation, and multiple witnesses are being interviewed, but no one was in custody as of Sunday night, Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner said.
"It's too soon to tell right now if it was an accident or if it was intentional," he said.
Four men were drinking and using drugs at the mobile home when Hilliard was shot, Tanner said. The events leading up to the shooting were not immediately clear.
No weapon had been recovered as of Sunday night, when Tanner said the Sheriff's Office had finished at the crime scene.
"All are acquaintances and allegedly are friends so we will work out way through this," he said. "Again, this is rather difficult because we have some folks who don't want to talk about it now."
The shooting was an isolated incident and the public is not in danger, Tanner said. He expected more information to be available within a few days.
An incident report was not available Sunday.
An autopsy is scheduled for today at Memorial University Medical.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl. Jeff Moran or Master Sgt. Michael Riley through Beaufort County Emergency Dispatch at 843-524-2777.
Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/EyeOnBeaufort.