LADSON, S.C. (WCBD) – Authorities said two people were shot following an altercation between at least two individuals at the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Ladson.

Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said the DMV was not a target of the shooting. He said it appeared there was some type of argument between at least two people outside the office when it spilled inside the building.

“It appears at this moment and this is all sketchy information but there was some type of altercation in the parking lot that spilled into the DMV,” says Sheriff Lewis.

Two people – which Sheriff Lewis said includes a male target and a bystander – were shot. No DMV employees were struck. The two individuals were taken to Trident Hospital.

The bystander happened to be doing business at the DMV counter when she was struck. The male was struck in the head, according to BCSO.

Sheriff Lewis described a chaotic scene when deputies first arrived and said the DMV was full of people at the time of the shooting.

Berkeley County dispatch received calls from multiple people just after 1:30 p.m. Sheriff Lewis said nearly every surrounding agency responded to assist with the shooting.

Authorities are searching for a Black male who fled the scene. That person is described as 6-foot, thin build, between 18 and 25. They said he was wearing skinny jeans, crocs, and a gray sweatshirt at the time.

As of 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, BCSO said that they had “located the suspect vehicle and identified the owner,” however no update on the status of the suspect was given.


It remains unclear what type of weapon was used during the shooting. Sheriff Lewis asked that anyone who observes any suspicious behavior to place call law enforcement immediately.

People are asked to avoid the area while deputies process the crime scene.