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The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is investigating the kidnapping and attempted murder of a 42-year-old man on Monday night on St. Helena Island.
Deputies responded at about 5:30 p.m. Monday to the area of Deacon Heyward Road on a report of someone shot. The victim suffered several gunshot wounds to the feet.
The victim told deputies that he had been at a home on Harrington Street in Beaufort when a black man who he knows as Poppy and a black female showed up and asked him to go to St. Helena with them. They got into a white Toyota Camry.
While driving on Seaside Road on St. Helena, they began assaulting the man, bound him with duct tape and put him into the trunk of the car, according to the BCSO. They drove to a house on Seaside Road, took him out of the trunk, pistol whipped him and shot him several times in the feet.
The suspects took off and left the victim to wander around the area looking for help. A resident on Deacon Heyward Road called 911. He was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital where he remains in undisclosed condition.
The victim told investigators that the attack may have been in retaliation for an altercation that had previously occurred in Atlanta between Poppy and the victim's son. Investigators have since identified Poppy as 22-year-old Melesse Orlando Turner, of Doraville, GA, according to the BCSO. The sheriff's office said he is wanted and should be considered armed and dangerous. Turner may be traveling in a white 1992 Toyota Camry LE bearing GA license plate PNG2165.
Anyone with information is asked to contact either Investigator SSgt J. Fraser at 843.255.3416 or Crimestoppers.
MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 888.CRIME.SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).
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