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Johnston Man Shot During Home Invasion

web posted May 7, 2014

JOHNSTON A 22-year-old Johnston man called 911 to report someone entering his home and shooting him around 10:30 pm Tuesday. Johnston Police were the first to arrive on the scene at 103A Johnson Street, just off Lee Street. They reported the man had been shot at least twice, once in the upper right chest and a second wound to the lower left abdomen. A helicopter was called to transport the man to the Trauma Center in Augusta.

Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said the man claimed he was asleep when the intruder(s) entered the home, shot him and then left. That is when he called 911. He stayed on the line giving dispatchers information before he stopped responding and then hung up the line.

"We know he was shot at least twice," Chief Aston said, "maybe three - but we only recovered two shell casing." Aston said the victim stated the person or persons dropped the pistol on their way out after the shooting and the victim picked it up before calling 911. The gun recovered was a Highpoint 9mm semiautomatic. Chief Aston did not give any information on the recovered gun as the scene was still active.

"He (the victim) doesn't know if it was one or more that came in," Aston said. "He's in a lot of pain right now and not able to give us a lot." The man was alone in the home when the shooting took place and there was no forced entry. The man's brother was at the home earlier, but had gone to visit neighbors when the shooting took place. It is believed the front door was left unlocked. 

It was unknown if the person or persons responsible were on foot or escaped in a vehicle.

The Edgefield County Sheriff's Crime Scene Unit responded to the home, which had been taped off, so that the scene could be processed for evidence without being disturbed. Chief Aston said he was in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the scene at the time of our interview.

Inside the room of the shooting "a few hundred dollars" was laying nearby and was not taken during the home invasion.

Very little information was available on the man's condition other than it was very serious and he was having trouble breathing due to the wounds.

Edgefield Daily will have more on the shooting as information is released.

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