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Sheriff: Man shot 2 neighbors at apartment complex

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Monday, July 25, 2011

LADY'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Authorities arrested a 21-year-old man after he attacked two of his neighbors with a pistol over the weekend, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office have charged Terrance Morgan with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Waterford Cove Apartments on Lady’s Island at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday in reference to several reports of shots fired.

Upon arrival, deputies found a male and female victim suffering from grazing bullet wounds. The female victim was shot in the leg and the male victim had been nicked in the forehead, deputies said.

The female victim told officers that about 15 minutes before the shooting, she heard the sound of gunshots outside her apartment. When she went outside, the woman said she found Morgan, her neighbor carrying a pistol. The victim said she asked Morgan what was wrong, and a verbal altercation followed.

Investigators say the dispute quickly escalated with Morgan punching the woman in the face, and the woman retaliating by tackling Morgan to the ground.

Deputies said the male victim then arrived to discover the fight and stepped in to intervene. Morgan began physically assaulting both victims before turning the gun on the male victim, authorities said. As Morgan pointed the gun at the man’s face, the female jumped on Morgan, deflecting a shot which ultimately grazed the male victim’s forehead, deputies said.

Morgan then turned the gun on the woman, firing another shot that grazed her leg. Following the shootings, deputies said Morgan fled the scene in a vehicle with several friends. He was picked up hours later at his apartment.

Both victims were transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital where they were treated and eventually released.

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