Three suspects face assault charges in connection with a bizarre attack in West Ashley in which four people were struck with crow bars and a shovel.
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 started slamming her car with crowbars. 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 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 victims 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.