1 arrested, 1 sought in Beaufort Walmart shooting

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1 arrested, 1 sought in Beaufort Walmart shooting

By ANNE CHRISTNOVICH
achristnovich@beaufortgazette.com
Published Thursday, January 3, 2013   |  415 Words  |  

One of two men accused in the shooting of another man Dec. 17 in the Walmart parking lot in Beaufort has been arrested, police say.

A warrant for the second suspect's arrest was issued Thursday.

Pierre Lamont Bryant, 52, of Burton was charged Dec. 28 by the Beaufort Police Department with being an accessory to attempted murder and third-degree assault and battery.

Police also have issued an arrest warrant for Dion Hagood, 24, of Beaufort on a charge of attempted murder.

The men are accused of shooting a 24-year-old Beaufort man in the arm. Witnesses reported seeing the three men argue before hearing three or four shots, police said.

Police were called to Beaufort Memorial Hospital by medical staff after the victim sought treatment. He told authorities he drove home after the shooting and a friend drove him to the hospital.

Photos of Hagood and Bryant were taken from Walmart surveillance video and released to the public the day after the shooting.

Investigators don't know what caused the argument, according to Deputy Police Chief Dale McDorman.

In addition to the charges in the warrant issued Thursday, Hagood faces two attempted-murder charges from a Feb. 25, 2011, incident in which he was accused of driving by a home on Ramsey Loop in Beaufort and firing several shots at his daughter, the child's mother and another woman, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

He also was charged in that incident with possession of a weapon during a violent crime, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a stolen handgun and possession of a small amount of crack cocaine. Hagood spent the next day in jail before posting $75,000 bail, according to court records.

Bryant was still in the Beaufort County Detention Center as of Thursday, with bail set at $26,092, according to the jail log. He has no felony convictions in Beaufort County, according to court records.

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