A deadly shooting startles beach-goers, as investigators search for the juvenile suspect who killed 17-year-old Dominique Williams on Sunday night. The popular, usually crowded public beach access spot became a crime scene at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, when sheriff’s deputies responded to the gunshot victim. Now, investigators encourage the public to report any suspicious activity immediately.
“For something like this, it just devastates my mind,” Hilton Head Island visitor Eddie Strong says. “It’s a place to have fun, and to have something like this go on, it’s very disturbing and it makes you think.”
Strong is one visitor alarmed at the thought that a shooting could happen at the very place to host hundreds of tourists, families, and beach-goers the next morning.
“It’s very disturbing that this occurred in such a public place as Coligny Beach, where there are tourists, there are families. It could have been disastrous for innocent people, innocent bystanders,” Beaufort County Sheriff’s Captain Bob Bromage says.
Bromage says the victim and suspect are believed to have been in a weekend fight, when the suspect sought-out the victim, 17-year-old Williams, and opened fire at the public spot. Surveillance cameras recorded the suspect, who Bromage says is about six feet tall, slender built, African American male, wearing sweat pants and a hoodie. However, he will not name the suspect, as he is underage. Bromage urges the public to be aware of their surroundings at all times.
“The subject in this case should have looked suspicious. It was 95 to 100 degrees yesterday, and he’s got a jacket on and sweat pants. That’s suspicious, and you know, the behavior was suspicious. He’s walking fast towards another group…people should be aware of suspicious people and call it in, ” Bromage says.