Two shot in alleged home invasion | Crime | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | June 30, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: June 29, 2016 at 10:48 am
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
Two Walterboro men, allegedly hit by shotgun blasts during a home invasion on the evening of June 25, were taken to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
Members of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office were called to Johnnies Mobile Home Park on Johnnies Circle on June 25 at 11:04 p.m. by reports of a home invasion and subsequent gunfire.
As members of the sheriff’s office were arriving in the area, a brown jeep was spotted leaving the area at a high rate of speed. When the driver was pulled over, he told the deputies that he had been visiting the residence when it was broken into and the suspects fled after being shot at by the resident.
The man said he was fleeing the area because he feared that the suspects might return.
After detaining the man for driving while under suspension, the officers went to the residence where they found three other occupants.
One of the occupants said he had been in a back bedroom, lying down with his girlfriend, when he heard people yelling. When he looked into the living room, he said he saw two men wearing ball caps and American flag bandanas over their faces. He said both men appeared to be armed. The man said he then grabbed his father’s shotgun from the bedroom and began firing at the suspects. He managed to get off two slug rounds and one round of buckshot before the shotgun jammed.
He said he was unsure if he had hit the men, who ran out the door and fled on foot.
A neighbor reported seeing two men running away, headed toward Albert Street.
Another occupant who was in the living room told deputies that he had been with his guests when he heard someone shout “hey” as the front door pushed open.
As the men came in the front door, the man said he ran to the back of the residence, pushed out a bathroom window and ran to a neighbor’s home to call 911.
At 11:29 p.m., John Joshua Kitchen, 28, of Sheldon Court, and Raymon Sydeck Pierce, 22, of Dorsey Street, were dropped off at the entrance to the Colleton Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Both men had sustained shotgun injuries.
Kitchen sustained a wound to the back. He was transferred to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in Summerville by medical emergency helicopter.
Pierce sustained a shot wound to the lower torso and underwent surgery at Colleton Medical Center.
The afternoon of June 27, investigators went to Colleton Medical Center to arrest Pierce on charges of burglary and possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.
Lt. Shane Roberts, public information officer for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, said the incident is still under investigation and detectives are waiting until Kitchen’s condition improves before interviewing him.