3 weekend shootings under investigation in Lowcountry

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is investigating three shootings in the Lowcountry from over the weekend, two of those deadly.

The first fatal shooting happened around 7:45 p.m. Saturday on Hilton Head Island. Deputies pulled over a car at the intersection of US Hwy 278 and Indigo Run Plantation for driving recklessly. When they walked up to the vehicle, they found 29-year-old Rockiem Graham dead in the back seat from apparent gunshot wounds. Investigators say he was shot outside at Blazing Star Lane off Squire Pope Road. An autopsy for Graham is scheduled for Monday.

"We don't have two crime scenes in that scenario, we have one crime scene which is Blazing Star Lane. We just had the traffic stop and the victim in the car, which I think caused a bit of confusion," Beaufort County Sheriff, P.J. Tanner said.

The second shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night off Mammy Grant Road in Bluffton. Deputies say 54-year-old Betty Brayshaw went to a family member's home with gunshot wounds. She died at the home. An autopsy will be done on Brayshaw's body on Tuesday.

Sheriff Tanner says they've gotten a lot of cooperation from people living in the surrounding communities where these two shootings happened. He says they have persons of interest in both cases. At this point, they have no reason to believe that the two fatal shootings are connected. The sheriff does say that they aren't ruling out connection between the Blazing Star Lane shooting and one that happened about a week and a half ago at Mickey's Pub on Hilton Head Island.

"Even though the community is cooperating fully with us here on Hilton Head and in Bluffton, in Pritchardville, there's still a lot of information out there that could be very valuable for us," he said. "I think we have a pretty good idea on what was going on in both areas, but of course, before we could move forward with any proof, that would be evidentiary. We still have work to do on that, but the investigators, we know these communities well."

Sheriff Tanner says getting that information to his investigators is as easy as calling CrimeStoppers or downloading the P3 app and sending tips in that way. The more tips, the quicker potential arrests will be made in the deadly violence over the weekend.

On Friday night, a man was shot at a home on Peaches Hill Circle. Deputies actually found the man shot inside of his car in a ditch, and later learned he was shot before driving off. The sheriff's office hasn't released any information about a suspect. Deputies are still investigating what led up to the shooting.

Anyone with information on any of these cases is urged to contact the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Emergency Dispatch 911 or Crimestoppers 1.888.CrimeSC if wishing to remain anonymous and for a possible reward.

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