As more details emerge from Wednesday night’s home invasion and shooting in the U.S. 15 South area of Sumter County, investigators with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office continue to ask the public for help in locating the alleged suspects.
Deputies were first called to a home in the 100 block of Brentwood Drive shortly before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, where they found a 25-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to the foot. That victim remains at Palmetto Health Richland hospital receiving treatment after being airlifted to the Columbia location Wednesday night.
However, now the sheriff’s office is saying there were at least two assailants in the home invasion, at least one of which was armed with a shotgun. According to the latest details made available Thursday, investigators say the victim was apparently ordered to remove his pants by the assailants shortly after they barged into the home, demanding money.
According to reports, the suspects found an “undisclosed amount of money” in the victim’s clothing before demanding the victim turn over additional cash. When the victim said there was no more cash in the home, and after the suspects apparently searched the home, they allegedly turned the shotgun on the victim, shooting him in the foot at point blank range before leaving.
The victim was apparently also struck in the head by one of the suspect’s using the butt of the shotgun at the beginning of the armed robbery.
Investigators say once the suspects left, the wounded victim made his way to a nearby home where he contacted authorities.
At this time, the suspects are only described as two black males. The suspects were said to be wearing masks at the time of the incident.
As of Thursday afternoon, investigators had yet to make any arrests in the case, and the sheriff’s office continued to stress that anyone with any possible knowledge about the incident contact either the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 436-2000 or Crime Stoppers at (803) 436-2718.