Two charged in St. Helena nightclub shooting that leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

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Two charged in St. Helena nightclub shooting that leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

Published Thursday, June 21, 2012   |  419 Words  |  

Two men have been charged in connection with a shooting early Thursday at a nightclub on St. Helena Island that left two men dead and two wounded, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

A gunfight broke out at about 1:30 a.m. among "feuding parties" at Midnight Soul Patrol on 56 Toomer Road, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.

Lucas Miles Morgan, 25, of St. Helena is charged with one count of attempted murder, and Joseph David Bowers, 27, also of St. Helena, is charged with one count of murder. Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Deputies stopped a vehicle leaving the scene and found Dante Kendall Bailey, 33, of St. Helena dead in the back seat.

Michael Douglas Morgan, 26, of St. Helena was found by a witness on the steps of a nearby residence. He was flown to the Medical University of South Carolina where he later died.

Richard Earl Green Jr., 24, of Beaufort was also flown to MUSC, but his condition was not available Thursday evening.

Robert Irvin Goodwine, 19, of St. Helena was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, where he was later released.

The large red wooden nightclub is in a mostly residential area on the southern part of the island. Shana Green, who was at the club when the shootings occurred, went to the closest home to call police. She found Michael Morgan lying on steps outside the home about 50 feet from the club in a pool of blood.

Green, 24, said Lucas and Michael Morgan are brothers. The Morgans and Richard Green are all her cousins, she said Thursday as she stood in the dirt parking lot where the shootings occurred.

Green estimated about 30 shots were fired.

She said she does not know what caused the fight, but believes it was gang-related.

Witnesses said more than two people had guns, but an exact number was not yet available from the Sheriff's Office. McIntosh said Thursday "it is still very much an active investigation."

Both Lucas Morgan and Bowers are being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center. Bond hearings had not been set.

All four of the shooting victims and the two suspects have arrest records, according to the county jail log.