Teenager found dead in Hilton Head parking lot

Published: Nov. 15, 2022 at 9:33 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2022 at 1:40 PM EST
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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - A young man was found dead in a parking lot after being shot.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 19-year-old Breiner Daniel Puerta Gonzalez.

“There was a gentleman closing his business and as he was leaving, he found a man laying in the parking lot and called the sheriff’s office,” Public Information Officer Maj. Angela Viens said.

When sheriff’s office deputies arrived around 1:30 Tuesday morning, they found Gonzalez with no ID on him and at least one gunshot wound.

“We didn’t have any reports of gunfire prior to the shooting, but as they were doing their canvas they spoke to several witnesses that said they heard gunfire between midnight and 12:30 in the morning,” Maj. Viens said.

Deputies are speaking with businesses in the Northridge Plaza, to see if they can find video or information about what the man was doing before he was shot.

Anyone with information should call Beaufort County dispatch at 843.524.2777, Sgt. Dario Sosa at 843.255.3435, or Crime Stoppers of the Low Country at 843.554.1111.