Shortly before midnight on October 25, 2022, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Enmark gas station, on Trask Parkway in Burton, for a complaint of gunfire. When deputies arrived, a 20-year-old Sheldon resident was located with a gunshot wound. The man was taken to Beaufort Memorial where he was treated and released.
Through the investigation, 23-year-old Alexander Xavier Smalls of Beaufort was identified as the person responsible for the shooting. It is believed the victim and Smalls are familiar with each other and this was not a random act of violence. Investigators also learned that 19-year-old Kennard Terry-Mitchell of Beaufort was involved in the incident.
Warrants for both Smalls and Terry-Mitchell were obtained and an ongoing effort was made to locate the two men.
On Tuesday, March 14, 2023, Sheriff’s Office deputies received information that Alexander Xavier Smalls and Kennard Terry-Mitchell were inside a residence on Fawnwood Lane in Seabrook. Deputies arrested the two on outstanding warrants.
Smalls was arrested on charges of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and aggravated breach of peace. Terry-Mitchell was arrested on charges of attempted murder, aggravated breach of peace, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and pointing and presenting a firearm.
On Wednesday, March 15, 2023, bond for both Smalls and Terry-Mitchell was deferred to Circuit Court.