Alex Murdaugh’s drive-by shooting is listed as attempted murder

Mystery over Alex Murdaugh’s bizarre drive-by shooting deepens as police report lists incident as ‘attempted murder’ but also notes there were ‘no visible injuries’

  • Alex Murdaugh, 53, called 911 then his brother after being shot in the head and suffering ‘superficial wounds’ in South Carolina on Saturday 
  • Murdaugh was changing the tire on his car on a rural road in Hampton County when someone shot him from a passing car, according to his attorney 
  • It is alleged that the gunman shot him after the truck initially drove past Murdaugh without incident and then made a U-turn 
  • DailyMail.com can reveal that the deputies responding to the scene treated it as attempted murder, according to an incident report  
  • Hampton County Sheriff’s officer Sergeant S. White noted, ‘While enroute Deputies learned the victim had been shot in the head and was being flown out’
  • White notes that another officer met with Murdaugh before he was flown out but gives no details of that interaction 
  • Sergeant White secured the scene of the crime until Hampton County Sheriff Office and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigators arrived 
  • Murdaugh was released from the hospital the following afternoon having suffered only a ‘superficial’ gunshot wound  

By Laura Collins, Chief Investigative Reporter For Dailymail,.com

Published: 20:18, 9 September 2021 | Updated: 21:40, 9 September 2021

Deputies responding to Alex Murdaugh’s self-reported shooting treated the incident as attempted murder, according to an incident report obtained by DailyMail.com.

The brief narrative provides the first glimpse into the bizarre incident that took place Saturday afternoon.

According to the Hampton County Sheriff’s department report, deputies responding to the scene learned that Murdaugh had already been transported to the hospital while they were on their way to the stretch of Old Salkehatchie Road where the incident occurred.

Hampton County Sheriff’s officer Sergeant S. White who penned the report noted, ‘While enroute Deputies learned the victim, later identified as Alex Murdaugh, had been shot in the head, and was being flown out from a landing zone on Charleston Highway (Varnville) to the hospital.’

White notes that another officer met with Murdaugh before he was flown out but gives no details of that interaction.

Alex Murdaugh, 53, (pictured with his deceased wife and son) was found suffering from at least one gunshot wound on a rural road in Hampton County, South Carolina, Saturday. DailyMail.com can reveal that the deputies responding to the scene treated it as attempted murder, according to an incident report

Murdaugh was changing the tire on his car on this rural road in Hampton County when someone shot him from a passing car, according to his attorney

Meanwhile Sergeant White secured the scene of the crime until Hampton County Sheriff Office and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigators arrived.

This may account for the curious fact that White crossed the box reading, ‘No’ next to ‘Victim Visible Injury’ though he left the space for, ‘further explanation’ blank.

Murdaugh was released from hospital the following afternoon having suffered only a ‘superficial’ gunshot wound.

The report also notes that Murdaugh was not drinking or using drugs.

It describes the suspect as, ‘Person, Unknown Untracked’ with neither race, sex, age nor ethnicity known.

SLED investigators have yet to release any details of the truck that Murdaugh claimed drove by him as he attempted to fix a flat tire by the side of the road.

According to Murdaugh’s attorney Jim Griffin he claimed that the truck circled back and opened fire. 

Alex Murdaugh's drive-by shooting is listed as attempted murder

Hampton County Sheriff’s officer Sergeant S. White noted in the incident report, ‘While enroute Deputies learned the victim had been shot in the head and was being flown out’. The report also notes that Murdaugh was not drinking nor using drugs

Alex Murdaugh's drive-by shooting is listed as attempted murder

It is alleged that the gunman shot him after the truck initially drove past Murdaugh without incident and then made a U-turn

Alex Murdaugh's drive-by shooting is listed as attempted murder

Sergeant White secured the scene of the crime until Hampton County Sheriff Office and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigators arrived

It was Murdaugh who found the bodies of his wife and younger son by the dog kennels on his property and placed a call to 911 at 10.07pm on June 7. 

Maggie and Paul are believed to have been killed between 9pm and 9.30pm.

With no suspects named, nor leads divulged by South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) the case had fallen from public attention.

But it was propelled back into national headlines after Saturday’s bizarre shooting.  

He was barely seven miles from home and told officers he was driving to Charleston.

Word of Murdaugh’s alleged embezzlement tumbled out soon after, as it was revealed that he had been forced to resign the day before the roadside incident. 

Alex Murdaugh's drive-by shooting is listed as attempted murder

Murdaugh found the bodies of his wife and younger son (pictured) by the dog kennels on his property and placed a call to 911 at 10.07pm on June 7. Maggie and Paul are believed to have been killed between 9pm and 9.30pm

Murdaugh stepped down from PMPED in Hampton, South Carolina, on Friday after being urged to do so by the firm’s bosses.

The firm’s website now includes a messaging noting that it ‘is temporarily unavailable.’ 

Details of the alleged fraud have not yet been made public, but the findings of a forensic accounting team hired by the law firm reportedly discovered the misuse of funds amounts to millions of dollars being squandered.

The findings led the law firm, which was founded by the Murdaugh brothers’ great-grandfather more than 100 years ago, to file an official police report.

‘It is a ton of money.

It is over £1 million,’ a legal source told The Raleigh Observer. 

Meanwhile, Murdaugh’s attorney Jim Griffin confirmed Monday his client was seeking treatment for substance abuse, while law enforcement sources claimed that the disgraced legal heir is addicted to oxycodone.  

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