Man charged after firing shots at guests in a Lowcountry graveyard

Colleton County News

COTTAGEVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – A trip to place flowers on a loved one’s grave turned into a scary afternoon of shots fired in Colleton County.

According to an incident report, the victim and his two brothers traveled to the Burr Hill Cemetery on Mother’s Day to place flowers on their mother and father’s graves.

The victim stated a female came out of a nearby residence and began yelling at them as saying they needed to leave. The suspect was said to be standing in the yard and could be heard saying “alright, I’ll get my gun. I’ll be right back.”

Not two minutes later the victim said he heard gunshots ringing out and all victims ducked for cover.

When officers arrived at the scene, they met the victims hiding behind their car. Officers then approached the house where gunshots were fired from and used nearby trees for cover.

The suspect, later identified as Sheldon Rhodes, was seen standing in front of the house and was asked to meet officers at the gate.

Officers asked him if he had any weapons and he lifted his shirt to show nothing was there. He stated he did not own a weapon and did not fire a gun.

Rhodes told officers people were on his property. He presented papers that he said showed how owned most of the property in the area, which also included the graveyard. Rhodes also stated that he was told he could get a gun to protect his property.

During a search of Rhode’s home, officers located evidence and place him in custody.

Rhodes is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He was transported to the Colleton County Detention Center.

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