17-year-old dies after shooting

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A teenager was fatally shot in the Johnsville area north of Smoaks Saturday evening Oct. 10.

At 8:22 p.m, Fire-Rescue units and Colleton County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the area of the 32600 block of Lowcountry Highway (U.S. Highway 21) near the Colleton/Bamberg County line after a report of a person being shot. Initial reports were the person was taken to that residence from another location.

Responding units were then told a vehicle was transporting the patient to Fire Station #7 in the Town of Smoaks. An ambulance stopped at Lowcountry Highway and Gar Road and met with the car.

An unconscious 17-year-old man was found in the back seat of the vehicle with at least two gunshot wounds, deputies said. He was not breathing. Firefighter-paramedics quickly moved him to the ambulance and began medical treatment.

He was transported by ambulance to Colleton Medical Center, controlling his airway, bleeding control, administering IV fluids, medications and whole blood. A second ambulance intercepted the ambulance transporting the victim enroute to the hospital and provided additional personnel to assist with patient care.

After arrival at CMC, the Emergency Department staff continued efforts to revive the patient, but Ali Dubose of Smoaks did not survive his injuries. The youth died of gunshot wounds, Coroner Richard Harvey said.

A second patient, an adult man, was transported by ambulance from a residence on Drain Road with minor injuries after his car was apparently shot. However, the man could not provide deputies with any information on suspects or vehicles as the crime scene location was remote, poorly lit and a considerable distance from any residence. It is still unclear if the two incidents are connected, deputies said.

Deputies located several individuals involved in the incident at the corner of Drain and Sizemore roads, as well as a large number of shell casings. Investigators and the CCSO Investigations Division worked well into Sunday morning processing the scene. They believe it to be an isolated incident.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 843-549-2211 or Crime Stoppers.

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