HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (WTOC) - Three people were taken to the hospital after a shooting around 8: 30 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 17 near Church Road at the railroad crossing in Hardeeville.
According to Hardeeville Police Chief Sam Woodward, all three shooting victims are from Hardeeville. He says a 25-year-old was shot in the leg and back and taken to Memorial Health in Savannah. A 24-year-old was shot in the abdomen and taken to Memorial as well. And, a 25-year-old was shot in the elbow and was treated at the hospital and released.
The Hardeeville Police Department is calling this a “shootout,” but say they’re still investigating how the situation started.
One person has been taken into custody but no one has been arrested yet. Police say they may be looking for more suspected shooters.
The shooting happened next to Patel's Liquor store, and officers searched the business' outside walls for bullet damage, photographing what they found.
Store manager Ruben Chairez Guizar says he's not used to this happening in the main part of town.
He says if he hadn’t left early last night for a work out, he likely would have been outside headed to his car when the shooting happened.
“I was thinking about it all day today, and I was like, ‘Man, I could have really gotten shot right now.’ I saw a bunch of like little evidence markers everywhere. Like a bunch of them. I was like so these guys were just like letting it loose, I guess, as much as they could. Around that time is usually when I’m actually right out there leaving in that area. I was like whew, man, that was a close one. Thank god for training,” said Guziar.
This is an ongoing investigation. Jasper County deputies are assisting.