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Man wanted in connection to St. Helena Island attempted murder; considered armed and dangerous

On June 9, 2022, Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained a warrant for the arrest of 25-year-old Dakari Ayise for attempted murder in the May 27, 2022, shooting on St. Helena Island.

Case History

At approximately 5:30 p.m., May 27, 2022, two men and a woman reported they were shot at by a male subject — they are familiar with — while traveling in a vehicle near the 400 block of Seaside Road.

The two men inside the vehicle sustained gunshot wounds and were driven to a gas station, where they were met by Sheriff’s Office deputies and Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services paramedics.

The two men were driven by ambulance to the Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH).

One of the wounded men was treated at BMH and released, while the other was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) for treatment of a more serious gunshot wound.


Deputies recovered two handguns from the vehicle the woman and the two wounded men were traveling in.

At the scene, investigators found evidence indicative of an exchange of gunfire among occupants of the vehicle and a man, who was standing outside a Seaside Rd. residence.

Interviews of the vehicle’s occupants and the man from Seaside Rd. confirmed that shots were exchanged over an ongoing dispute among the parties.

Obtaining of Arrest Warrant

After conducting additional interviews of witnesses and evaluating evidence, Sheriff’s Office investigators met with a Beaufort County magistrate and obtained an arrest warrant for 25-year-old Dakari Ayise — one of the two men in the vehicle — for attempted murder in the shooting.

Dakari Ayise Wanted for Attempted Murder

As of tonight, Dakari Ayise remains at large. He frequents Lady’s and St. Helena islands. Ayise is to be considered armed and dangerous. Please do not approach him.

Attached is a photograph of Dakari Ayise.

Anyone who knows Dakari Ayise’s whereabouts is urged to contact Sheriff’s Office Emergency Dispatch at 9-1-1 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111, if wishing to remain anonymous and for possible reward.

Update from MUSC

On June 2, the other male occupant of the vehicle, 21-year-old Darius Ayise (Dakari Ayise’s brother), died as a result of the gunshot wound at MUSC.