CRIME REPORTS - 7/29/2021

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Another city shooting leaves house sprayed with bullets
By HEATHER RUPPE

Another shooting has occurred in Walterboro, this time leaving a house riddled with bullets.
Law enforcement officers were called to a Peurifoy Road residence in Walterboro on July 22nd when a 911-call was made about a shooting that had just occurred. When deputies arrived, they spoke with the homeowner, who was also the victim in this case. According to one of the male victims who was inside the house at the time of the shooting, the victim said he was in the bathroom when he heard “several shots,” and realized that bullets were coming inside the residence, a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report states.
The victim told officers that everyone in the house immediately dropped to the floor and then he called 911. The victims said they did not see a vehicle, and waited inside the residence until officers arrived. Deputies on scene did locate several shell casings in the road. Additionally, multiple shell casings were also found inside the house, the report states.
The case is being investigated as an attempted murder.

Child abuse case investigated
Deputies were called to a Walterboro house on July 12th when someone called 911 and notified law enforcement officers of an assault that had occurred against a 5-year-old child. When officers arrived to the residence, the female suspect told officers that she struck the victim “on the leg with a belt” when he had wet himself while sleeping. This case is being investigated as an assault and battery, third-degree. No other details are available at this time.

Man exposes himself to Colleton kid
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an exposure case that occurred on Smoak Road in Walterboro. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a complainant called 911 and said that a juvenile told her a man exposed himself to the juvenile on July 12th.
This case is under investigation.

Teen shoots himself in hand
A 16-year-old Colleton teenager shot himself in the hand with a small-caliber handgun inside a Walterboro motel last week. The incident occurred on July 21st at the Quality Inn on Sniders Highway, at about 1:30 p.m. The case is being investigated by the Walterboro Police Department; however, details are not available, as of press deadline. According to Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy, the firefighter-paramedics were called to the scene and transported the teen to the Children’s Trauma Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.

Stolen dirt bikes found
Deputies with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a suspicious vehicle report where two men were spotted discarding stolen dirt bikes. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a Colleton resident called 911 on July 18th at about 10:31 a.m. and said a suspicious vehicle – a gold Chevy Silverado – was spotted at the intersection of Cooks Hill Road and Poor Farm Road. Two black men were seen getting out of the truck and then unloaded two dirt bikes from a trailer that was attached to the truck. The men then “pushed” the bikes into a wood line. The vehicle then “left the area,” but “drove by” the area several times, the caller said. Deputies went to the wooded area and located the dirt bikes, which had been reported stolen. The stolen dirt bikes were taken to the sheriff’s office impound lot. The case is still under investigation.

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