CRIME

Police: Masked man shot, wounded South Carolina deputy, then hijacked car and fled scene

Police say a masked man shot and wounded a sheriff's deputy at a gas station, then hijacked a car and fled the scene.

Sheriff Butch Henerey tells reporters Lt. Will Rogers was shot several times around 10:30 p.m. Thursday at the Moncks Corner gas station, about 30 miles northwest of Charleston. Officials say they're searching for the shooter.

The sheriff says Rogers pulled into the gas station parking lot and was talking with a customer when a masked man came from behind the building and shot.

Henerey says the gunman then hijacked a car, which was found about two hours later.

Rogers underwent surgery Friday. Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston spokeswoman Helen Adams says he is in critical but stable condition.

A sheriff's spokesman did not immediately return messages Friday.