A prominent South Carolina attorney whose family is deeply rooted in regional law enforcement has been shot in the head just months after his son and wife were mysteriously murdered, authorities said.
The attorney, Alex Murdaugh, was changing a tire on the side of a country road when someone drove by in a truck, turned back and fired at him, his attorney, Jim Griffin, told NewsMadura.
Murdaugh, 53, survived and was flown to a hospital, where he was able to describe the attack to his brother, media reports said.
The Hampton County sheriff’s office confirmed the shooting and said it was investigating.
The attack came three months after Murdaugh came home one day to find his wife, Maggie, and son Paul, a 22-year-old college student, shot and killed at their estate in the southwest village of Islandton.
No arrests have been made in that June 7 case, and prosecutors recently said they still have no suspects.
But the Murdaugh family’s long history in law enforcement has attracted intense attention and fueled speculation in the months since the shooting.
Alex Murdaugh’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all top prosecutors in the region.
One line of speculation surrounding the double homicide was related to the fact that, at the time of his death, Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on charges of a boating accident that killed a 19-year-old woman.
Reports were conflicting as to whether Paul Murdaugh was driving the boat at the time.
The family has issued a statement after the roadside attack on Alex Murdaugh, the Island Packet newspaper reported.
It read: “The Murdaugh family has suffered more than any family can ever imagine. We expect Alex to recover and ask for your privacy while he recovers.”
The shooting has shocked the family even more, attorney Griffin said.
“We’re all wondering what the hell is going on,” he told the Times.
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