Alex Murdaugh, a prominent lawyer in South Carolina, was shot this Saturday while he was changing a tire on the side of the road. This shooting comes three months after his wife and son, Margaret and Paul Murdaugh, were killed at the family’s home in Islandton, SC.
Police were notified of the shooting early Saturday afternoon when Alex called 911 and told them that he had been changing a tire in Hampton County when a car drove by him before turning around and firing a shot.
Alex was taken to the Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia and treated for a superficial gun shot wound to the side of his head. He is expected to recover. Police are currently investigating the shooting and no arrests have been made.
A spokesperson for the Murdaugh family released a statement after the most recent shooting and asked the public for privacy during this difficult time. They said “the Murdaugh family has suffered through more than any one family could ever imagine. We expect Alex to recover and ask for your privacy while he recovers.”
Alex comes from a long line of South Carolina lawyers and attorneys. Three generations of Murdaughs have served as the 14th Circuit Solicitor which serves Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. This is the first time in 87 years that a Murdaugh hasn’t held the position.
The family also runs their own law firm, Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, where many family members work. Alex Murdaugh used to hold a position at his family’s law firm, but he recently issued a statement and announced his resignation from the firm following the shooting.
The 53-year-old issued the following statement, “The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret. I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated by these murders. I am immensely sorry to everyone I’ve hurt including my family, friends and colleagues. I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.”
Three months ago, Alex Murdaugh came home to find that his wife and 20-year-old son had been killed. Paul and Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh were found on their property with multiple gun shots wounds. Sources told the media that Paul was the apparent target of the crime and had been shot multiple times with a shotgun while his mother was killed with what appeared to be an assault rifle.
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and called in the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to open up an investigation into the murders.
The police investigation into Paul and Maggie’s deaths is still ongoing and no suspects have been found.
Now police are looking into whether the two crimes are connected. At the time of Paul and Maggie’s murders, Paul was facing charges of boating under the influence in connection with the death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
In 2019, police said that Paul and a group of friends were boating when a crash caused Beach to go overboard. Friends of Paul’s had urged him to turn the boat around when he started to appear erratic, but he refused and continued to steer the boat in circles.
The crash happened near Hilton Head Island and Beach was thrown overboard. Her body was found a week later and the investigation showed that Paul Murdaugh was drunk at the time of the crash. He pleaded not guilty and the charges were dropped after his death.
According to his family, Paul recieved threats from strangers following his alleged involvement in the boating accident, but they were never seen as credible.
Following the death of his wife and son, Alex Murdaugh and his family issued a $100,000 reward for anyone who could give police information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the killer or killers. That reward still stands and to be eligible any tips must be sent to SLED’s tip line at 803-896-2605. The tips must be received by Sept. 30.
It is still unclear if all three crimes, the two shootings and the boat crash, are related. This is a developing story. Check back in for updates.