Man arrested in connection with Bluffton manhunt - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

UPDATE: Man arrested in connection with Bluffton manhunt

Posted: Updated:
Quaddray Dramel Gaston Quaddray Dramel Gaston
BLUFFTON, S.C. -

Captain Joseph Manning of the Bluffton Police Department says a man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with Thursday's manhunt.

29-year-old Quaddray Dramel Gaston, of Beaufort was arrested Friday morning by Bluffton police. He is currently being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center. 

"I heard the shot, and two people running, and the cops coming, and I knew something had happened," says Jeanne VanBuskirk.

Van Buskirk works at the restaurant just across from the scene of the crime on May River Road, Squat and Gobble. She was outside at her car when she heard shots fired. She says the neighborhood was then on high alert, as nothing dangerous frequently goes on in that area.

"All I saw was the two guys running across the street. The cops got one of them, but the other ran up the street," VanBuskirk says.

A manhunt ensued for several hours. Police say it was around 11 p.m. that Quaddray Gaston was arrested.

"He did admit that he was the driver of the vehicle that ran over our victim. He was charged with one count of attempted murder," Captain Joseph Manning says.

Gaston allegedly ran a Chevy Tahoe over a homeowner at 1238 May River Road, and into the side of the house. By Friday morning, building inspectors had posted notice that the house was unlivable until further inspection. Those who lived there were not home.

However, the scene from the night before involved some 25 people brawling outside of the home. Police say it was then that shots were fired, but it's still unknown why the fight broke out, who fired the shots, and how many passengers were inside the vehicle that struck the victim.

Police are not releasing the name of the victim, but they say he sustained minor injuries. They are still looking to question another man they say is a person of interest.

They believe this was an isolated incident, but will still keep an added presence in the area to ensure the community's safety.

-----------

A manhunt is underway in Bluffton for a man with a gun.

According to Town of Bluffton spokeswoman Debbie Szpanka, the situation started at approximately 3:30 this afternoon when Bluffton Police responded to a disturbance and shots fired call at a mobile home community next to Scott's Market.

When officers arrived they found an SUV crashed into a mobile home and a male that had been run-over.

That person was transported to the hospital where his condition remains unknown.

As officers arrived, another man was seen running through a yard at the intersection of Pin Oak Street and Able Street holding a black handgun.

Bluffton Police, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol are all in the area searching for that man.

He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and gray sweat pants.

Szpanka says a reverse 911 call went out to alert people to the situation but as of now, authorities are not telling people to take any special precautions.

Stay with WSAV for updates.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Sheriff's Office showcases "Faces of Meth" program as a lesson to all

    Sheriff's Office showcases "Faces of Meth" program as a lesson to all

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:33:26 GMT
    Faces of Meth™ is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon. This project began when a deputy in the Corrections Division Classification Unit, Deputy Bret King, put together mug shots of persons booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Deputy King worked with his co-workers in the Classification Unit to identify people who had been in custody more than once. He then worked to verify criminal records and files to determine and assure a history of methamphetamine re...
    Faces of Meth™ is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon. This project began when a deputy in the Corrections Division Classification Unit, Deputy Bret King, put together mug shots of persons booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Deputy King worked with his co-workers in the Classification Unit to identify people who had been in custody more than once. He then worked to verify criminal records and files to determine and assure a history of methamphetamine re...
  • Mysterious "woman in black" spotted in Tennessee

    Mysterious "woman in black" spotted in Tennessee

    A mysterious figure is capturing the attention of social media. She's been nicknamed "the woman in black" and she's been spotted in different parts of east Tennessee including Madisonville, Athens, Sweetwater and now Morgan County.
    A mysterious figure is capturing the attention of social media. She's been nicknamed "the woman in black" and she's been spotted in different parts of east Tennessee including Madisonville, Athens, Sweetwater and now Morgan County.
  • Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:08:35 GMT
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.