ST. HELENA ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Two St. Helena Island men are in custody in connection with a shooting of a Hardeeville woman.
At about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Beaufort County sheriff's deputies got a report of a gunshot victim, traveling eastbound on Highway 170 in Bluffton.
The driver, Kristina Nicole Trudell, 24, told dispatch she had been shot by two men following her in a tan Chevrolet Tahoe while driving in her red Ford Expedition, according to the sheriff's office. Dispatch then got a call from the two men in the Tahoe. They said they had been robbed by the people in the Expedition and were being chased by them.
Deputies pulled over the Expedition at 9227 Evans Way. Trudell, who had been gunshot wounds on her back and leg was with Joshua Oshie Pryor, 24, and her three children, ages 8, 5, and 3, according to the sheriff's office. Pryor nor the children were injured.
Trudell was taken Memorial University Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
The Tahoe was also pulled over a short distance away at the Hwy 170/Hwy 46 traffic circle. Harold Ernest Daise Jr., 32, was driving and Quinton Jabari Doe, 26, was the passenger, according to the sheriff's office.
Investigators learned that just before the shooting, Trudell and Pryor had arranged to meet Daise and Doe at the Beaufort Walmart so they could buy crack cocaine from Pryor, according to the sheriff's office.
Daise and Doe soon realized that the substance they had been sold was fake and went out to find Pryor and Trudell, according to the sheriff's office. They caught up to Trudell on Highway 170, and Doe fired several rounds into her SUV and kept chasing them before being stopped by deputies, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputies recovered a handgun, a small amount of marijuana, a pill bottle containing a schedule II narcotic, and several baggies of what appeared to be crack cocaine from Daise's SUV, according to the sheriff's office.
Daise and Doe were arrested. They each face five counts of attempted murder, one count of simple possession of marijuana and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
The sheriff's office said that Doe had been identified as the shooter and was also charged with one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
More charges may be pending against all parties as the Beaufort-Jasper Multi-Jurisdiction Drug Task Force continues to investigate.