HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Police are investigating a home invasion in Longs in which 40-year-old man was shot, and his 39-year-old wife was held at gunpoint early Thursday morning, according to officials.
Police say several men entered a home on Station Street through an unlocked garage door. They are described as young, 17 to 25 years old, wearing dark clothes – possibly dark hooded sweatshirts. One of the subjects is described in the police report as a black male, aged 17 to 22, 5-feet-11-inches in height, with black hair and brown eyes.
The husband's condition is not known at this time, police said.
The wife told police that she was working upstairs from home when she noticed the door leading to the garage was open at about 3 a.m. When she went to close the door, she saw a man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt pull out a handgun and put it to her head. He told her to "Get down! Get Down!" and she got on the floor, yelling to the man that she had a child upstairs. She told police that's when she began to pray loudly, hoping her husband would hear her. She then saw more subjects coming into her home, wearing the same type of clothing.
She then heard her husband yell, "Who are you?" according to the police report. The subjects then left the property, she told police, and that's when she saw her husband lying on the flood bleeding.
She ran outside to a nearby neighbor's home to get help, then returned and dialed 911.
Police arrived to hear a woman telling "please help him numerous times," and saw the husband lying in a hallway shirtless, with a large amount of blood under him, with several shell casings on the floor where he was lying. The officer kept the husband talking and alert until EMS arrived, according to the report. The officer also noticed several more shell casings in the kitchen, near the door that led to the garage, and a handgun that appeared to be loaded.
The victim's brother, Rodney, said the man had to have part of his lung removed due to it being clipped with a bullet and he's now in a medically-induced coma.
Horry County Police were searching the area near Station Street with a canine unit Thursday morning, and had crime scene tape up around the residence for several hours.
A neighbor, Angela Nardi, told reporter Katrina Helmer that her son heard gunshots and a woman screaming early Thursday morning.
"You don't think it's going to happen to you or someone you know or in your neighborhood, but when it's basically directly across the street from you, you're just dumbfounded, disbelief," she said.
Nardi said the neighborhood is very dark at night.
"That street light on the corner, I pay out of my own pocket and it lights up enough for about six houses," she said. "But other than that, the neighborhood gets dark."
She said she wants people to protect themselves and also look out for their neighbors.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Horry County Police Tip Line, which may be called anonymously, at 843-915-8477 (843-915-TIPS).