Woman shot in Bluffton in apparent Beaufort drug deal gone bad

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Woman shot in Bluffton in apparent Beaufort drug deal gone bad

Published Monday, June 18, 2012   |  409 Words  |  

Two St. Helena Island men who told 911 dispatchers they'd been robbed and were pursuing the culprit were arrested Sunday after chasing a man who sold them fake crack cocaine and firing several shots into his SUV in Bluffton, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said.

The SUV's 24-year-old female driver was shot and critically injured, a Sheriff's Office news release said. Her three children -- ages 3, 5, and 8 -- who were inside the SUV were unharmed.

Quintin Jabari Doe, 26, and Harold Ernest Daise, 32, arranged to meet a 24-year-old man in the Walmart parking lot on Robert Smalls Parkway in Beaufort sometime before 2:30 a.m. to buy crack cocaine, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.

Soon after the transaction, Doe and Daise realized the man had sold them fake crack, and they set out to find him, eventually catching up with him on S.C. 170 in Bluffton, McIntosh said.

With Daise behind the wheel, Doe allegedly opened fire on the Ford Expedition as both vehicles sped down the highway, striking the female driver in the leg and back, McIntosh said.

The SUV's occupants called 911 to report the shooting, as did Doe and Daise, who claimed they had been robbed and were pursuing the suspect, McIntosh said.

Deputies stopped both vehicles near the intersection of S.C. 170 and S.C. 46., arrested Doe and Daise and transported the woman to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah with life-threatening injuries, McIntosh said.

An update on her condition was unavailable Monday.

Deputies found a handgun, a small pill bottle containing prescription drugs and a small amount of marijuana in the suspects' Chevy Tahoe, according to authorities.

Both men were charged with five counts of attempted murder -- one for each person inside the vehicle when the shooting occurred -- and several drug charges.

Doe, the alleged gunman, also was charged with one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

The man Doe and Daise accuse of selling them fake drugs has not been charged, although the investigation into those allegations continues, McIntosh said.

Doe and Daise were being held Monday at the Beaufort County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.