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Separate Shootings Leave Five Blufftonians Wounded

July 30, 2008

By Daniel Brownstein, The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Jul. 30–Within hours of a drug-related shooting at a greater Bluffton apartment complex Monday that wounded two brothers, a second Bluffton man was shot in an unrelated daylight incident, officials announced Tuesday.

That brings the total number of Bluffton gunshot victims to five since Saturday, when two men were shot at a Hardeeville nightclub. Here is a rundown of the shootings by location:

Bluffton police are searching for three women and a man suspected of shooting 23-year-old Troy Jinks behind a home at 153 Simmonsville Road at 5:30 p.m., according to spokesman Lt. Bryan Norberg.

Latarsha Monique Johnson, 28, of Shadow Moss Lane, and Octavia Scott, 22, of Fuller Court, are both wanted on assault and battery with intent to kill charges after witnesses stepped forward with information.

A third black woman and a man seen with them in a burgundy four-door car have yet to be identified, Norberg said.

Jinks was taken to Hilton Head Hospital with a leg wound and was later released, authorities said. He has a criminal background, including prior drug trafficking and possession charges, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center.

Investigators initially thought the incident was connected to a shooting about four hours earlier at Plantation Point Apartments, 897 Fording Island Road.

“We went down that path,” Norberg said, “but as the investigation went on, we determined that they are separate incidents.”

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the shooting at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the doorway of Unit 613 at Plantation Point Apartments, an attack that wounded two brothers.

Devin Cannick, 24, and Deon Cannick, 18, remain hospitalized at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. Calls to the hospital seeking the men’s condition weren’t returned Tuesday.

Based on information provided by witnesses, deputies are searching for two possible suspects.

The first is described as a light-skinned black man about 30 years old who stands six-feet-tall and weighs 170 pounds. He has a thin goatee and mustache and was last seen wearing a brown or maroon button-down shirt.

The second suspect is described as a dark-skinned black man between 30 and 35 years old and about the same height and weight as the first suspect. He wore a white T-shirt.

Authorities suspect the shooting was drug-related based on items found inside the apartment.

Those items included: 28 grams of powder cocaine, about a half-pound of marijuana, three or four marijuana plants, 31 miscellaneous pills, four handguns, a pair of brass knuckles, about $1,416 in cash and other drug paraphernalia, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Two Bluffton men were shot during a Saturday night fight at the Far West Rodeo in Hardeeville, a Jasper County Sheriff’s Office official said Tuesday.

One of the men, Francisco Sanchez, 34, who was shot in the torso, was in critical condition at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah on Monday, said Chief Deputy Roy Hughes.

The other victim, Hector Martinez, 24, was shot in the shoulder and has been released from the hospital.

There were about a dozen people involved in the fight, which broke out around 10 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Far West Rodeo, a nightclub and corral near Whyte Hardee Boulevard, Hughes said.

Two people began firing handguns during the fight, police said.

Hughes said investigators don’t know how the fight started or if Sanchez or Martinez were targeted. Investigators are trying to identify the shooters. The victims have been cooperative, he said.

Three other people involved in the fight went to the hospital with injuries about two hours after the brawl, Hughes said. All three have been released.

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