Colleton County authorities have been called to investigate a series of shooting incidents in the last several days, including two drive-bys.
Despite the volume of calls, only one of the three incidents resulted in an injury, according to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. The reportedly “very uncooperative” victim in that case claims his gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
The man wounded by gunfire, who the sheriff’s office says has known ties to a local gang, showed up to the Colleton County Medical Center late Tuesday night, June 13.
The victim had a gunshot wound to his index finger on his right hand, deputies say. The man claimed he shot himself accidentally. Deputies noted he was right handed.
The sheriff’s office says the victim couldn’t tell deputies what type of gun he shot himself with, when or where the shooting happened, other than “in the country.”
Deputies say they believe the man was high on marijuana, based on his bloodshot, glazed eyes, him being lethargic, and the fact they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from his clothes.
The day before, early the morning of Monday, June 12, the sheriff’s office was called to a home on Saxby Hill Lane for a reported drive-by shooting.
The sheriff’s office says the people inside the home called 911 shortly before 1 a.m. after someone believed to be driving a silver SUV shot several times into their home.
Deputies found three bullet holes in the house, and approximately 15 shell casings lying in the road outside the house. No one inside the home was injured.
According to the sheriff’s office, a woman who called 911 told dispatchers her nephew, who was in the home at the time of the shooting, was involved in an altercation earlier in the night, but wouldn’t provide more details.
Three hours earlier on Sunday night, June 11, the sheriff’s office helped Walterboro Police investigate a reported drive-by shooting on Francis Street, which left two homes riddled with bullets.
At one of the homes, a man told deputies he and his wife had just lied down to go to sleep, when they heard gunfire and bullets hitting their house.
Investigators say they found three bullet holes in the house, one of which had passed through a dish cabinet and landed on the kitchen counter. No one was injured.
Deputies say they do not know yet if these incidents are connected. The shootings remain under investigation. No arrests have been made.