Home invasion investigation is ‘wide open,’ gunshot victim still in hospital
The investigation into an alleged home invasion May 1 at 100 Myrtle Place in Summerville is still “wide open” according to Captain Jon Rogers of the Summerville Police Department.
Damien Stokes, 19, was shot underneath his left breastbone while, according to his statement to police, he was walking by 100 Myrtle Place. The bullet exited his left shoulder. Stokes was still in the hospital as of Monday, according to officials.
From two to four masked men purportedly executed a home invasion at 100 Myrtle Place, although witness accounts vary on the number of men.
In the official police report, a resident of the address, Dominice Brennan, said two male subjects – one dressed in camouflage and another dressed in black – kicked in his front door and shot at him.
“They rushed me and shot at me,” he told investigators. “I was running toward the back door when they ran back out the front door and tried to come in the back door.”
Brennan described the men: “One guy was 5-foot-two-inches and muscle-toned…weighing approximately 120 pounds. The other male was 5-foot-six-inches or five-foot-seven-inches, dark skin, with dreads wearing a camouflage jacket.”
Brennan told police he saw one of the men holding a small handgun that appeared to be silver or chrome. According to police he stated nothing was taken from him or his residence.
While police were speaking with Brennan, a neighbor alerted them that Stokes had been shot and was on a porch on Shamrock Drive. The neighbor had called police.
According to police reports, Stokes was lying on a black colored jacket. Police directed EMTs to respond and they transported Stokes to MUSC.
According to Rogers of the SPD, anyone with information is asked to contact Summerville Police Department at 851-4100 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.
In response to the alleged crimes, Summerville Town Councilman Aaron Brown asked that the public safety committee include on its agenda next month, discussion about the possibility of opening a police substation in the Robynwyn community because of increased violence.
The shooting was the latest incident that has residents up in arms for more policing.
Residents have formed two different Crime Watch groups but Brown wants a conversation with Police Chief Bruce Owens about a substation to improve police presence in the neighborhood.
It would be the first substation in Summerville.