Man shot, wounded in Summerville

SUMMERVILLE — A shooting wounded a 29-year-old man Sunday in the same apartment complex where a man was killed earlier this year, the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded to Haven Oaks at 523 Old Orangeburg Road about 9 p.m. Sunday for reports of gunshots, and a man flagged down deputies to tell them he was wounded, sheriff's Capt. Tom Marshall said.

The man was transported by helicopter to Medical University Hospital with a gunshot wound to his back.

His condition had stabilized by late evening, and he did not appear to be in mortal danger.

The man, who does not live at the complex, told investigators the shooting happened after he parked his car and began walking to an apartment, Marshall said.

He described two men fleeing in a small, black car, though deputies were unable to locate any suspects nearby.

In September, 60-year-old Robert E. Robinson of Walterboro, was shot dead in his car in the same complex.

A 19-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl were charged in that case after being arrested in New York City.

Group to protect Pickens County land

GREENVILLE — A conservation group plans to buy 560 acres to protect in northern Pickens County with an option to purchase the entire 2,208-acre tract.

Crescent Resources recently put the land on the market, and conservation group Upstate Forever got help from the governor's office to make the deal and give it time to raise the roughly $10 million needed to buy all the land.

The tract contains five mountains, and Upstate Forever Land Trust director Dana Leavitt calls it one of the most ecologically significant properties in the state.

Upstate Forever protects 9,340 acres in northern South Carolina through conservation agreements.

Earlier this month, the state bought 361 acres in the Jocassee Gorges complex in northern Pickens County.