'Armed and dangerous' Colleton County shooting suspect jumps off bridge into Edisto River

Marcus Goins (Colleton County Sheriff's Office)

The suspect in a two recent Colleton County shootings is on the run after authorities say he led them on a chase and jumped off a bridge into the Edisto River to avoid arrest.

Marcus Ray Goins, 24, is wanted by the Colleton County Sheriff's Office for attempted murder and weapons charges in connection to a shooting caught on video Friday morning, May 12, at a gas station in Walterboro.

Colleton County investigators say Goins is also a person of interest in a shooting Saturday, May 13 outside Cottageville near Rehoboth Road and Augusta Highway (S.C. 61).

The sheriff's office says Highway Patrol attempted to stop Goins Sunday, May 14, leading to a chase. Deputies say the chase ended on Stokes Bridge Road at Colleton County/Dorchester County line, where Goins got out of the vehicle and jumped off the bridge into the Edisto River.

Goins then reportedly swam to a wooded area on the Dorchester County side of the river, before disappearing. Investigators recovered two firearms at the scene after Goins got away.\

On Friday, the sheriff's office said Goins and a man named Christopher Rayshawn Brown exchanged gunfire at a gas station on Hampton Street in Walterboro.

No one was injured, but there were multiple people at the store and "in the line of fire," according to the sheriff's office. Both men are wanted on charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

Goins is also wanted on a charge of receiving and possessing a stolen vehicle in connection to the Friday shooting, as he was seen driving a truck reported stolen out of Bamberg.

Goins is 6-foot-2, 182 pounds. He should be considered armed and a danger to the public.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Colleton County Sheriff's Office at 843-549-2211 or Crimestoppers at 843-554-1111.

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