Shots fired during interrupted burglary

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A 78-year-old Ladson woman reported a terrifying encounter with a burglar -- with the subject firing shots toward her -- early Tuesday morning.

According to a Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to a call around 12:37 a.m. today in reference to a burglary in progress at a residence on Richter Drive in Ladson. When they arrived, they immediately noticed a gate open on the left side of the property and made their way to the rear of the house, where the victim had reported that a subject had made entry. They saw the rear sliding glass door open and entered the residence to clear it. The hall light was on and they quickly found a bullet casing at the end of the hall; they found a dresser in a bedroom with bullet holes in it as well, according to the report.

Upon clearing the home, they made contact with the victim, who had locked herself in the master bathroom. The victim told the deputies she was asleep when she was awakened by an unknown subject wearing a hood who had flipped on the light switch in the hall. She said she screamed, “No!” and the subject fired a shot from a handgun into the bedroom. She said she then hid under the covers and heard another gunshot, then she got up and ran into the bathroom and locked the door, according to the report.

The victim said she realized she did not have a phone with her, so she waited several minutes, then went down the hall to another room to retrieve her phone and call 911, according to the report.

Deputies also noticed that the bulbs in the motion sensor lights just above the sliding glass doors were slightly unscrewed so that they were not able to switch on.

No items appeared to be missing from the home, according to the report.

The case is under investigation.

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