Update: Police identify suspect in shooting of 72-year-old jogger

Crime & Safety

Isaiah Clayton Perdue, 23

BEAUFORT, SC (WSAV) – Beaufort Police announced they have identified the alleged shooter of a 72-year old woman on April 22.

Police say the shooting happened around on Lafayette St. near the Basil Greene sports complex. 

Witnesses say they saw a man drive up in front of the victim.

He got out of the vehicle and fired “an undisclosed number of shots at her with a handgun.”

The woman was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina for her injuries.

Investigators, with help from a suspect description, suspect vehicle description and a partial plate number, managed to identify 23-year-old Isaiah Clayton Perdue of North Charleston as the alleged shooter.

 BPD Investigators learned that on April 15th, Perdue fled from a North Charleston motel after allegedly attacking and seriously injuring a woman with a machete.

Police arrested Perdue for that crime on April 23rd.

Investigators executed a search warrant on both Perdue’s North Charleston apartment and 2010 Nissan Versa, which had the same distinctive damage as seen in the Beaufort surveillance footage.  Police say evidence also placed Perdue in Beaufort on the date of the shooting.

Police say, with the warrant, investigators discovered a firearm and ammunition inside Perdue’s car matching those used in the Beaufort shooting.

Police say there are no known connections between Perdue and the Beaufort victim.  

Officials say warrants for Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime and Attempted Murder have been secured against Perdue and are pending service.

Police say this remains an active and ongoing investigation.  Anyone with information about this case or suspect is encouraged to call Inv. Joshua Dowling, 843-322-7950 or the Anonymous Tip Line, 843-322-7938. 

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previous article (April 25, 2020)

BEAUFORT, SC (WSAV) – Beaufort Police Investigators ask the public for help identifying a suspect vehicle linked to Wednesday’s shooting investigation.

Police say the shooting happened around 2:45 p.m. near the Basil Greene sports complex. 

Witnesses say they saw a man drive up in front of the 72-year-old female victim.

He got out of the vehicle and fired “an undisclosed number of shots at her with a handgun.”

The woman was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina for her injuries.

The suspect involved has not been identified. Police describe him as a dark-skinned white or Hispanic male between the ages of 25 and 30. He is believed to be between 5’8″ and 5’10” with a slender build.

The suspect sketch above shows a shirt similar to the one the suspect was wearing during the shooting.

Police say the suspect vehicle was captured on multiple surveillance cameras in the area around the time of the shooting. 

The vehicle is described as a white or silver 2010-2012 Nissan Versa with minor damage in the form of separation of the area between the front right quarter panel and the front bumper. The vehicle also has slight denting of the right rear quarter panel.

Anyone with information is asked to call Inv. Josh Dowling at 843-322-7950, the Anonymous Tip Line at 843-322-7938 or Beaufort County Dispatch at 843-524-2777.  Callers can remain anonymous.

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previous article (April 22, 2020)

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) – Police are looking for a man accused of shooting a 72-year-old woman who was out jogging on Lafayette Street on Wednesday.

According to the Beaufort Police Department, the incident happened around 2:45 p.m. near the Basil Greene sports complex. Witnesses say they saw a man drive up in front of the woman before he got out of the driver’s side of the vehicle and fired “an undisclosed number of shots at her with a handgun.”

The vehicle in question is described as either a white or silver four-door hatchback.

The woman, who was struck at least once, was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital before being airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina.

Meanwhile, the suspect involved has not been identified. Police describe him as a dark-skinned white or Hispanic male between the ages of 20 and 30. He is believed to be about 5’10” with a slender build.

Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777 or Inv. Joshua Dowling at 843-322-7950. Tips can be submitted anonymously to the department at 843-322-7938.

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