Dionte Mitchell is wanted for two counts of Murder and one count of Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime in connection with the Dec. 4, 2021, Seabrook shooting deaths of Flora Mae Gantt and Shaina Mulligan.
On Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at approximately 11 p.m., Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of shots fired on Detour Road in Seabrook.
Upon arrival, deputies secured the scene and learned that two women were shot following a dispute at a party.
One of the women, 74-year-old Flora Mae Gantt of Walterboro, was pronounced dead at the scene, the other, 30-year old Shaina Mulligan of Beaufort, died en route to the hospital.
Witnesses were interviewed and the scene was processed for forensic evidence.
In the interviews, it was learned that one of the parties involved in the shooting, 21-year-old Dionte Mitchell of Seabrook, had left the scene.
Contact was later made with Mitchell, who met with Sheriff’s Office investigators to provide his account of the shooting; he was not immediately charged.
In the ensuing weeks, and to obtain more information on what took place during the shooting, investigators located and interviewed numerous witnesses and evaluated evidence collected at the scene.
Obtaining of Arrest Warrants
On Tuesday, Dec. 28, investigators met with a Beaufort County magistrate and presented the facts of the case. After reviewing the investigation, and based on probable cause, the magistrate issued warrants for the arrest Mitchell for two counts of Murder and one count of Possession of a Weapon During the commission of a Violent Crime in connection with the Dec. 4 Seabrook shooting.
Dionte Mitchell Wanted for the two Murders
Since obtaining the warrants, investigators have been attempting to locate Mitchell.
As of Friday, Jan. 7, Mitchell remained at large; he might have left the state.
Mitchell is listed in the National Crime Information Center as wanted for the Dec. 4 murders; he is to be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone who has information on Dionte Mitchell’s whereabouts is urged to contact LCpl. Lyle Harris at 843-255-3436 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111, if wishing to remain anonymous and for possible reward.