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Homeowner, shooting victim refuses to sign consent to search

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) Several suspects are on the run and one person is recovering from a gun shot wound after being shot in the Carolina Forest area of Horry County Sunday night.

Horry County Police responded to calls of shots fired on Whetstone Lane in Carolina Forest Sunday evening around 10:45 p.m. Upon their arrival, police found one victim suffering from non-life threatening injuries from a gun shot wound.

Through their investigation, detectives came to learn that the victims were at home when several black males reportedly forced their way into the house from both the front and back entrances in an ambush style.

Weapons were fired and one of the homeowners was shot in the leg.

According to a report obtained by WMBF News, the victim's wife told police she and the victim did not return gunfire. An officer on scene found a black handgun at the front door and also found a shell casing behind the couch, where the pair were said to have taken cover during the shooting.

When the officer presented the victim's wife with a consent to search form, she refused to sign it, according to the report.

Further investigation led officers to a neighbor, who told police the victim's wife rang the doorbell and said her husband had been shot. The witness said he went outside and saw the victim standing in the doorway, who told the neighbor "hey, how you doing neighbor" and told the witness someone had busted in his house before he turned and went back inside.

Sgt. Robert Kegler says there have been no arrests in this case, nor is there a specific number of suspects. No description has been given on any of the suspects.

Kegler adds the shooting is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information surrounding the crime should call HCPD at 843-248-5005.

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