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Gas Station Shootout Suspects Sought; Suspect wanted in second crime

Two men are still being sought for attempted murder after they were involved in an early -morning shoot-out at a Walterboro gas station, all of which was caught on camera. One of those men is also wanted in a separate shooting.
The gas station shooting occurred on May 12th at about 7:45 a.m. at the Orange Convenience Store, which is located at 1531 Hampton Street near downtown Walterboro.
Surveillance cameras from the gas station show the suspects – Christopher R. Brown, a driver of a green Nissan Altima, and Marcus R. Goins, the driver of a black Chevy Silverado – firing shots and leaving the scene of the crime.
In addition to the shooting, the vehicle that Goins was driving has been reported stolen recently by the Bamberg Police Department.
Goins is also listed as a “person of interest” in another shooting that occurred on May 13th in Cottageville, near the area of Highway 61 and Rehobeth Road.
According to information from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Highway Patrol, troopers with the highway patrol attempted to stop Goins on May 14th and he refused. A chase ensued. That chase ended on Stokes Bridge Road, when Goins stopped the vehicle and jumped from a bridge into the Edisto River. He swam to a wooded area along the river and eluded law enforcement. The co-defendant in his case – Tyree J. Middleton – was apprehended. Law enforcement officers seized two guns from this incident – one of which was found inside the car and one was found on the ground, according to law enforcement officers.
Actual footage of the fired shots shows one suspect pulling his gun, firing a shot and then hiding behind a gas pump. The second suspect is seen on the surveillance video also running across the gas station parking lot. This footage was released to area media outlets by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.
Both Brown and Goins are facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and the unlawful carrying of a firearm. Goins is also facing an additional charge of possession of a stolen vehicle, according to a press release issued on Saturday, May 13th by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.
No one was injured in the shoot-out, but deputies with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office are reporting that the store had several customers inside, which were “in the line of fire” when the crime occurred, said Lt. Tyger Benton, spokesman for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.
According to law enforcement officers, the motive for the shooting is unclear. As of press deadline, both men were still at large and being sought by law enforcement. Anything with information on the crime or who know the whereabouts of either Brown or Goins should call the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office at 843-549-2211 or call 911.

Heather Walters (1322 Posts)