DEPUTIES who responded to the shooting of renowned South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh wrote in their incident report that he suffered no "visible injuries" it was revealed Thursday.
Murdaugh first hit he headlines back in June, when his wife and 22-year-old son were shot dead in a pair of unsolved murders that have captivated the state.
On Saturday, 53-year-old Murdaugh called police to say a mystery drive-by gunman shot at him repeatedly as he stopped to repair a slashed tire on his late wife’s SUV.
Hampton County Sheriff's Office deputies who responded to the call wrote in their incident report, shared by the Daily Beast, that Murdaugh suffered no "visible injuries" – though authorities where quick to walk back on that claim on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the sherriff's office told the Island Packet that the box that was checked to indicate Murdaugh did not suffer an injury was likely made in error.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) said Murdaugh only sustained a “superficial gunshot wound to the head” and was released from the hospital soon after he arrived.
“He did have an injury,” the sheriff’s office said.
Murdaugh’s attorney, Jim Griffin, had told The Post and Courier that his client suffered significant wounds in Saturday's shooting.
According to Griffin, the bullet left entry and exit wounds, fractured Murdaugh's skull and left him hemorrhaging blood.
Murdaugh is "very lucky to be alive," said Griffin, adding that he felt his client had been set up by a gunman who had earlier slashed his tires to make him pull over.
Two days ago, it was revealed that Murdaugh was booted from a powerful law firm, accused of stealing at least $1 million.
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It was also reported that Murdaugh – whose family are one of South Carolina's most prominent legal dynasties, having had three generations serve consecutively as solicitor for the 14th Circuit – had also entered rehab for a drug addiction.
The newly-released incident report contains little information about the shooting itself – though it does describe the incident as "attempted murder."
A possible name, race, ethnicity and gender of the suspect are all listed as unknown, and authorities have given no information about a possible suspect.
Local outlet FitsNews claimed Murdaugh's Mercedes had "extended mobility tires" – meaning that, if the tires were slashed, the vehicle could have allegedly been driven 50 miles without being pulled over.
The Murdaughs first hit the headlines in June, when Alex found his wife, Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, dead from multiple gunshot wounds near a kennel outside their hunting lodge.
At the time, Paul was facing trial in relation to the death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
Paul was allegedly manning a boat at the time of a crash that killed Mallory.
The double murders are still being investigated by South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and no arrests have been made.
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