LONGS, SC (WMBF) - People living in the Longs Station community said they're nervous after a home invasion sent one man to the hospital Thursday morning.
"I didn't sleep at all last night," said one neighbor. "I've been a bag of nerves and I'm sure everybody else has in this neighborhood."
Horry County Police Lt. Raul Denis said police now believe a gun battle ensued inside of the home on Station Street.
He said the woman who was held at gunpoint reported seeing several black men in the house.
The shooting victim's brother said he counted 22 bullet holes in the house.
"He shot probably 10 times," the brother said. "I know he was trying to protect his family because I know him. That's what he's all about, protecting his family."
The brother said he's considering moving. He lives in the same neighborhood.
"This is a battle I can't win," he said.
Lt. Denis said people can protect themselves by increasing the lighting around their homes, cutting bushes, locking doors with a deadbolt and staying vigilant.
"The first thing your must do is probably be smart and guard your stuff, guard yourself and your home."
Lt. Denis said crime does usually increase around the holidays.
MX Security sees a higher demand for security systems in December each year as well.
"We did 280 security systems last month and this month we've done 150 and it's only the 11 of the month," said Lewis Broome, who does marketing for MX Security.
Broome said crimes, such as home invasions, do often end up raising awareness of the need for security systems.
As the holidays get closer, police recommend people don't leave gifts and valuables in their cars and also don't put information out on social media that they're going to be out of town for a while.