Alex Murdaugh Shot in South Carolina 3 Months After His Wife and Son Were Murdered at Their Home
Prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was shot in Hampton County, South Carolina, on Saturday less than three months after his wife Margaret "Maggie" Murdaugh and son Paul Murdaugh were murdered at their home.
"He was shot in the head while he was changing a tire," Murdaugh's attorney Jim Griffin confirms to PEOPLE. "He is conscious and talking, which is a very good sign."
"I can now confirm the individual shot was Alex Murdaugh," South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) spokesperson Tommy Crosby tells PEOPLE. "SLED agents are actively investigating the incident."
Murdaugh's shooting comes less than three months after the family suffered a great loss.
On the night of June 7, Maggie, 52, and her son, Paul, 22, were shot to death on the grounds of the family's 1,770-acre hunting lodge.
Murdaugh called 911 at 10:07 p.m. local time that night when he found them lying on the ground of the sprawling property, SLED said in a release.
"Both died of multiple gunshot wounds and both are being handled as homicides," the Colleton County Coroner told PEOPLE at the time.
No suspects have been arrested in that case, leading conversations in the area to turn into a murder mystery saga.
"Big family, old money, new drama," local farmer Joe Grainger told PEOPLE in the Aug. 16 issue. "Everybody has a theory about who did it."
The family is both loved and feared, friends and acquaintances alike have said.
"Maggie had a heart of pure generosity and loved welcoming friends and family into her home on any given occasion," her obituary reads.
"She adored her family and cherished spending time on the boat with her two sons. She will be remembered as a 'second mom' to her sons' many friends. She made the most out of every situation and lived each and every day to the fullest," it continues.
One local attorney told PEOPLE in the Aug. 16 issue about the scope of which the family was feared, despite good deeds within the community.
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"You don't cross the Murdaughs," the attorney shared. "Or if you do cross them, you don't let them find out that it was you who crossed them. Because they'll come down on you, hard. And they'll come down on you with all that they've got. They have a lot of influence and power, and they'll use it against their enemies."
The Murdaugh family has been connected to the law and the judicial system in Hampton County for more than 100 years.
Starting in 1920, three generations of Murdaughs served as Solicitor — or state prosecutor — of the 14th Judicial Circuit until 2006.