MONCKS CORNER — A maroon Lexus sedan with a shattered rear window and a badly bleeding man inside screeched to a halt Wednesday outside the Berkeley County Department of Social Services.

Investigators said it was the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad.

A young man was airlifted to Medical University Hospital with a life-threatening wound in his neck. His aunt said he was 19 years old. His name was not released Wednesday.

According to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dan Moon, a buyer and seller met up in the so-called 41 section of the county between Bonneau and St. Stephen for a drug deal. A fight broke out, and one of the men sped off in the Lexus toward Moncks Corner. The other man pulled near and shot him, Moon said.

The wounded man’s friend got into the driver’s seat and raced toward Moncks Corner. Nobody could say Wednesday why he pulled up outside the DSS offices about 12:30 p.m.

Traffic in and out of the offices was halted for a couple of hours while investigators processed the scene.

Investigators are following several leads, and an arrest is expected soon, Moon said.

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