Longs family talks about life-changing home invasion, shooting one year later

Longs family talks about life-changing home invasion, shooting one year later

LONGS, SC (WMBF) - The Myers family still doesn't have closure one year after a home invasion and subsequent shooting, which changed the course of their lives, and could've took their lives as well.

"I'm always thinking somebody is trying to hurt us and I don't think that will ever go away," Monte Myers said.

Monte was shot during the home invasion on December 10, 2015 at his house on Station Street in Longs.

See previous coverage here: Police: Suspects invade Longs home, shoot husband, hold wife at gunpoint

The Horry County Police Department has no update on the case as of December 2016.

Nobody was ever arrested and no suspects were identified.

"In my mind, I just replay what happened over and over and over like a broken record," Monte said.

His wife, Brett, was held at gunpoint after she said she had been up late working, came downstairs with some dishes, saw the door to the garage was ajar, and came face-to-face with a man with a gun at the door. She told him her 15-month-old son was upstairs.

"I didn't know if he was going to shoot me, so I started to pray," she said.

Monte heard the praying and knew something was wrong, so he grabbed his gun and came out of the nearby bedroom. A gun battle ensued.

"The only thought that I had when this whole thing was happening was they got my wife. Get your wife," he said.

However, when Monte passed a corner, he said he was shot by someone else from the living room twice in the torso. He said he immediately fell to the ground and a third bullet missed his head by an inch.

Monte said the men ran off.

Brett called 911 when Monte was laying on the floor. She said he was still talking at that time and instructing her on what to do.

"About the time the police showed up, he started saying he was dying and that's when it started getting scary," she said.

"It's like people say you see the light at the end of the tunnel," Monte said. "It's like I was going into a very dark place."

However, an ambulance soon arrived.

"I told that guy, 'Please don't let me die because I've got a little son to raise,' and he saved me," Monte said.

Monte went to the hospital and into surgery. He said he met the surgeon later on when he went back for issues from chronic pain.

"He told me I was a miracle child because nobody there believed I was going to make it," he said.

He finally came home in April after going to rehabilitation, but now, he's learning how to cope with paralysis and living in a wheelchair.

"It's just really hard going through this right here being me," Monte said.

"It's hard watching him being in pain, suffer, learning to live with his new limitations," Brett said.

He can't provide for his family because he can't work.

"I did have a great job," he said. "I was making good money. It's not like that anymore."

Brett said she feels like she needs to move on even without answers or arrests.

"I would love to know why, why this happened, but I feel like it'll drag me down if I keep trying to chase it," she said. "I've got to let it go and realize justice will happen. God will take care of it."

Brett and Monte said they still have no idea why anyone would've chosen their house or their family for this kind of violent crime.

"I don't know why they came in there," Monte said. "All they got was a little 22 long rifle and 30 dollars out my wife's purse. It wasn't worth what they did to me and what they took away from my family. I have to raise my little boy and it's very hard to do that in the kind of situation that I'm in."

Monte said he'd really like to see the people responsible arrested so they don't do this to someone else. He encourages anyone with information to come forward.

However, he said his sense of safety in general was also shot when he was.

"There's still other people out there that are just as bad as they are," he said. "I don't think that I will ever totally get over this."

The Myers want everyone to be extra aware of their own security during the holiday season.

"Check all your doors make sure your alarm is set," Monte said. "Have your protection ready in case somebody bad comes in on you."

They also ask if anyone is feeling generous during the season of giving, they'd really appreciate the help. Monte said he's hoping to put in more wheelchair-accessible equipment in the house to get around. Contact Monte at 843-593-3345.

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