Bluffton shootings motives revealed

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Bluffton shootings motives revealed

By DANIEL BROWNSTEIN dbrownstein@islandpacket.com 843-706-8125
Published Friday, September 19, 2008 in The Island Packet  |  469 Words  |  news/local

Two brothers who were wounded at their greater Bluffton apartment in July were victims of an incident motivated by drugs and possibly by the break-up of a romantic relationship, according to a Beaufort County sheriff's report released this week.
Deon Cannick, 18, was shot once in the neck and his brother, Deverol Cannick, 24, was shot in the hand and abdomen. Both shootings took place at Plantation Point apartments, 897 Fording Island Road, on July 28.
Both men have been released from the hospital, although Deon Cannick now is in a physical rehabilitation program in Atlanta, according to the Sheriff's Office.
During a search of the Cannicks' apartment just after the shooting, investigators say they found 28 grams of powder cocaine, about a half pound of marijuana, several marijuana plants, 31 pills, four handguns, brass knuckles and about $1,416 in cash.
A drug investigation still is ongoing and charges against the Cannick brothers are pending, said Cpl. Robin McIntosh, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.
Two men have been charged in the attack. Both are in custody.
Lucius Simuel, 29, of Savannah, was charged with assault with intent to kill for allegedly shooting Deverol Cannick, accessory to assault and battery with intent to kill for the shooting of Deon Cannick, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Demetrius Price, 32, of Savannah, was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill for allegedly shooting Deon Cannick, accessory to assault and battery with intent to kill for the shooting of Deverol Cannick, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime.
Authorities said Simuel is the uncle of Deon Cannick's girlfriend, who he broke up with the day before the shooting. Deon Cannick had previously asked Simuel for pills to sell, according to the report.
On the day of the shooting, Deon Cannick ignored several phone calls from Simuel, the report said. Simuel and Price went to his home and offered to sell him pills and powder cocaine, the report stated.
The pair forced their way into the home and pulled out weapons, according to the report. It is unclear if they were trying to rob the home, police said.
Price allegedly shot Deon Cannick in the neck and the two suspects left, shutting the door behind them. Deverol Cannick then went outside to try to get a description of their vehicle, he told detectives.
Once outside, he immediately saw the attackers, apologized for coming outside and lay down on the ground, according to his statements. Simuel shot at him three times, hitting him twice, the report stated.
Both victims and some witnesses were able to identify the shooters, police said. Surveillance footage showed Price's vehicle leaving Plantation Point just after the shooting.