WALTERBORO -- The Public Safety Department on Thursday released the addresses of three people arrested in connection with a shooting that took place Saturday at a car wash on Hampton Street.
The arrests were announced in a news release issued Wednesday by the city's public relations firm, E. Boineau and Co., but the release did not include addresses for those who were arrested.
After receiving an email Wednesday from The Post and Courier asking for the defendants' addresses, Elizabeth Boineau said their addresses were being withheld to prevent further violence.
When a reporter suggested that she might be violating the state's Freedom of Information Act, Boineau said she did not believe there was a violation "when there's an active investigation and we are within a set time frame of the incident," and suggested the newspaper seek legal advice.
The Public Safety Department also has refused to identify the victim in the shooting, despite repeated requests from the newspaper.
Jay Bender, lawyer for the South Carolina Press Association, said in an email Thursday that Walterboro and its agent, the public relations firm, "are in violation of the law by seeking to assert an exemption not authorized by law and withholding information that is required to be made public."
Bender further said, "Walterboro's effort to claim an exemption for 'under investigation' is a violation of the law as the Supreme Court of South Carolina held in Evening Post Publishing Company vs. City of North Charleston."
After several conversations with a reporter Thursday, Public Safety Maj. Ken Dasen released the addresses of the suspects charged in the case, but would still not release the identity of the victim.
The three suspects are Moray Dupree Holmes, 32, of Renee Court, Walterboro; Kelvin Francis Mitchell Jr., 24, of Indian Creek Drive, Ruffin; and Brian Manigo, 19, of Nassau Lane, Green Pond.
Each of them is charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and discharging a firearm within city limits.
Dasen said the victim's identity is being withheld to protect him from reprisals. Walterboro City Manager Jeff Lord agreed.
"We have released that information in the past," Lord said. "If we're not releasing it now, obviously we have our reasons."
A fourth suspect, 19-year-old Deshawn T. Brown, is still at large. Public Safety did not have an address for Brown.
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to contact Public Safety at 549-1811 or 549-1812, or Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.