Three suspects face assault charges in connection with a bizarre attack in West Ashley in which four people were struck with a shovel and other tools.
Charleston County sheriff’s deputies were called to Hazelwood Drive about 5 p.m. Monday to investigate a disturbance.
A 20-year-old woman told deputies a group of boys with crowbars began striking her car, which had three passengers inside. When one boy blocked her path and struck her car with a shovel, she put the vehicle in reverse and struck another car behind her, an incident report stated.
When the woman and the three passengers got out of her car, several men and a woman came at them and assaulted them with a shovel, a tire iron, fists and feet, deputies said.
The four people were treated for bruises and other minor injuries, authorities said.
Deputies arrested three people and seized a jack handle, a shovel, a four-way lug wrench and a bag with marijuana, a report stated. Charged with third-degree assault and battery are Hazelwood Drive residents Sheryl Fields Gabe, 46; her son, Corey Renaldo Gabe, 18; and Taylin Greene, 17.
Investigators are still trying to pinpoint a motive for the attack, which reportedly grew from a dispute between the groups at Citadel Mall and spilled over into the surrounding neighborhood, Sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said.