Powerful South Carolina Lawyer Shot in the Head Two Months After His Wife and Son Were Fatally Shot at Their Home

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A lawyer from a prominent legal family in South Carolina was shot in the head Saturday, mere months after his wife and son were shot and killed at their sprawling estate in a murder mystery that has roiled the Deep South.

Alex Murdaugh’s lawyer told local outlet The State that his client had been driving on a remote road to Charleston to when his car malfunctioned. He stopped and later was shot in the head, though the circumstances of the attack and the extent of his injuries are not yet known. He was rushed to a nearby hospital. Police have not named a suspect.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) confirmed to The Daily Beast it is investigating the shooting of Murdaugh in Hampton County and was called in to assist the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office in its investigation around 1:30 p.m.

Murdaugh’s 52-year-old wife Maggie and 22-year-old Paul were found with fatal gunshot wounds at the family’s 1,700-acre hunting estate in Colleton County on June 7, the mother apparently shot with a rifle and the son shot in the head with a shotgun. Alex Murdaugh told police he was not home at the time of the killings, and no suspects have been named.

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast, Blake Montgomery

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