After surviving a traumatic road rage shooting in Jasper County, a Hilton Head man is hoping someone with information can come forward, to help get his attacker behind bars.
“I was dying. I couldn’t breathe. I was gasping for air. I was telling them to tell my wife that I love her,” Joshua McGrouirk says.
McGrouirk calls his survival a miracle. According to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, the road rage began on Highway 278, spilled onto Highway 170, ending on Short Cut Road on the November 16 morning.
“He got out of his car, and he shot me twice,” McGrouirk says.
He says the driver had cut him off on Highway 278 in Bluffton, nearly hitting his car. He says that when he threw up his hands at the driver, the man followed him. He says he turned to take Short Cut Road, and the driver cut him off and parked in the road, blocking him. They both got out of their vehicles; that’s when the shots were fired.
“That’s when I [saw] the gun, the pistol, come up,” he says.
He was shot twice, in the chest and stomach.
“What’s haunting to me more than anything, is when I get out here, and I don’t know where he’s at,” he says.
“I remember his face. Every time I close my eyes, I see his face,” he says.
McGrouirk describes the shooter as a mid-twenties aged African American man about 5’7” tall, with short cut hair and narrow eyes. He is hoping someone with information can contact investigators, for closure.
He also faces costly medical bills, without insurance. His family has set a ‘Go fund me’ page for any donations, found by clicking here.
“I’ve had to rethink my whole life since this happened, you know,” he says.
“He was in a coma the first week, you know, critical condition and life support and everything, and I was there living it, every single moment. I know how close he came to dying,” his wife, Amanda Woods, says.
“It’s just the terror of it all. I was scared to drive the car, scared to leave the hospital, just scared, and who wants to live their life in fear?” Woods says.
Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC.