DENMARK — The investigation into the death of a 20-year-old Denmark man has turned up evidence he was being shot at moments before he disappeared.

At least one witness has told investigators that Archie D. Baldwin, the man found dead underneath a Denmark house Saturday, had been shot at.

Bamberg County Coroner Billy Duncan said Monday the death was a homicide. Baldwin had a single gunshot wound to the back.

A Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office incident report indicates that on Saturday the Pitt Road man’s mother told investigators she hadn’t seen her son since May 27. She said she had spoken with an unnamed male subject who told her he was with Baldwin that Monday he was last seen alive.

The subject stated that he and Baldwin were in Denmark on that Monday, running from at least one gunman who was shooting at them. He said at one point, both he and Baldwin fell to the ground.

The subject got up and continued his flight, but he said that was the last time he saw Baldwin.

Denmark Police Chief Leroy Grimes said Baldwin’s body was located underneath an unoccupied Hampton Street residence.

Investigators say the 20-year-old Denmark man appears to have crawled underneath the home to hide from the shooters.

The State Law Enforcement Division was called in to assist with the investigation.

Grimes said that if anyone has any information on the shooting, they are asked to contact the Denmark Department of Public Safety at 803-793-4639 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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What once was a quiet little town ten years ago has escalated into a shooting range and teenagers are the target. I live right down the road from all this mayhem I can't believe something like this is going on so close to my home. I moved to South Carolina ten years ago fleeing to what I thought to be a safer place.

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