Two men charged after St. Helena club shooting

Two men charged after St. Helena club shooting
Midnight Soul Patrol nightclub
Midnight Soul Patrol nightclub

ST. HELENA ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Two suspects are in custody in connection with an overnight shooting at a St. Helena Island club that left four people shot, two of whom are dead.

Lucas Miles Morgan, 25, is charged with one count of attempted murder and Joseph David Bowers, 27, is charged with one count of murder.

Just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Beaufort County sheriff's deputies responded to Midnight Soul Patrol club at 56 Toomer Rd. on several reports of shots fired in the area.

Deputies approached and made contact with a vehicle fleeing the area, according to the sheriff's office. Dante Kendell Bailey, 33, was inside the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told deputies that a fight had broken out at the club just before the shooting. A series of gunshots were fired among the feuding parties, leaving four people shot.

"I was in my car trying to move it and I was in the middle of the gunfire. Someone shot my car while I was in it! I had to move out of the way before the shootout started," witness Sherida Green said.

Michael Douglas Morgan, 26; Richard Earl Green Jr., 24; and 19-year old Robert Irvin Goodwine were shot and taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Morgan and Green were flown to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston due to the severity of their injuries, according to the sheriff's office. Morgan died several hours later.

Goodwine was treated and released at Beaufort Memorial for non-life-threatening injuries. More charges are pending as the investigation continues.

Bowers has been arrested 11 times in Beaufort County in the last 10 years. He has already served time on charges of burglary, crack and marijuana possession.

Morgan has also been arrested 11 times and has faced charges such as possession of a stolen vehicle, fleeing to evade and first degree burglary. Morgan's last arrest was nearly a year ago. It happened when Beaufort County sheriff's deputies arrested him for having a stolen gun and pointing it at a person.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call Investigator Cpl. A. Zsamar at 843.255.3408 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843.524.2777.

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