BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident on Jennings Road in Burton.
The shooting happened around 3 p.m. on Thursday.
According to the sheriff’s office, two people were shot and taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital. One of the two victims was treated and released while the other remains hospitalized and in stable condition.
The sheriff’s office said the suspects left the scene before they arrived and K-9 units, along with a helicopter were brought in to search. A description of the suspects has not been released or details on how many suspects were involved.
Battery Creek High and Robert Smalls International Academy were placed on lockdown due to the investigation in the area, according to the Beaufort County School District. The lockdown was lifted and the schools were released about 45 minutes late.
Riley Doray, a sophomore at Battery Creek High School, described the lockdown.
“We were in class and [Principal] Mr. Cox came onto the intercom and said ‘we are now going into a lockdown’ and everybody didn’t know what was happening, and about 30 minutes passed and it was about time for us to leave, and Mr. Cox came back over and was like, you are not to leave until the police tell us you are allowed to leave.”
The school district says there didn’t appear to be a threat to the schools and the lockdowns were only precautionary. Doray said when he was leaving school, he saw the helicopter about to land on the school’s football field.
The shooting happened across the road from Doray’s house - less than a mile from his school.
He said it was scary to know until he got in touch with his dad.
“I was in class and some girl texted her mom and she was like, it happened right in front of the Doray house, so I called my dad asking if everything was O.K. and I asked if the neighbors were O.K. and he said yeah.”
Friday, neighbors and family say they just want the suspects caught.
Beatrice McLarty lives at the end of Jennings Road. Her house looks over the scene of Thursday’s shooting where two men were shot and the shooters got away.
“But the crime still need to stop. You know, it needs to stop. And it sure is. Well all I can say is I hope they get caught,” said McLarty.
She says events like Thursday’s shooting make her worry for her community.
“And I do hope that who did the shooting will be caught and served justice. “
According to the police report, one of the victims says he saw three men in ski masks walk up and start shooting. When police got there, they found two men who had been shot. The family of the victims say while they just hope the men who did this are found.
“And so until everyone starts loving each other, there’s going to be crime.”
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says they are looking for any information that could help lead to the arrest of the shooters. If you have that information you can leave that anonymously with the Sheriff’s Department.