Lawyer resigns from law firm, enters rehab after he is shot just months after his wife and son were shot dead

Lawyer resigns from law firm, enters rehab after he is shot just months after his wife and son were shot dead

A prominent lawyer from South Carolina, U.S, who was shot along a country road over the weekend, months after his wife and son were shot and killed outside their home, is quitting his law firm and will enter rehab.

The shooting came months after Alex Murdaugh (top right) found his wife, Maggie Murdaugh (top center), 52, and their 22-year-old son, Paul Murdaugh (top left), were shot several times at their Colleton County home on June 7. They were both dead outside the home near dog kennels, authorities said.

No arrests have been made and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has released very little information about the slayings

Alex Murdaugh, 53, was heading to Charleston when he was shot on Old Salkehatchie Road near Varnville, South Carolina on Saturday, September 4, police authorities said.

His car was stopped when a truck passed by before turning around and someone from inside opened fire, his lawyer said, citing information from Murdaugh's brother. He sustained a superficial wound to the head, authorities said.

In a statement released Monday, September 6, Murdaugh announced he was leaving his law firm and entering rehab following a "long battle that has been exacerbated these murders."

"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," Murdaugh said in a statement sent to Fox News.

"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."

As at press time, it was unclear if Saturday's shooting was related to the double slaying of his wife and son.

"The Murdaugh family has suffered through more than any one family could ever imagine," a statement from the family reads. "We expect Alex to recover and ask for your privacy while he recovers."

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In a television interview, Alex Murdaugh, said he was checking on his terminally ill father when his wife and son were killed.

At the time of his death, his son, Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on charges of boating under the influence connected to a February 2019 crash that killed a 19-year-old woman. Investigators have looked into whether the fatal shooting could be related to that case.

No suspects have been named yet.

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