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‘Shook us up a little bit’: Neighbors shaken up after Surfside Beach shooting; 1 arrested

Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 11:22 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2021 at 6:02 PM EST
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SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – A man has been arrested after firing multiple shots outside a home in Surfside Beach Monday morning, according to police.

Surfside Beach Police Chief Kenneth Hoffmann identified the suspect as 27-year-old Jose Luis Izaguirre Ulloa.

Officers responded around 10:15 a.m. to the area of 6th Avenue South and South Cedar Drive for a shots fired call, a police report stated.

A witness said he saw a man, later identified as Ulloa, exit a red Ford Mustang after parking the vehicle in a driveway. According to police, the witness then heard three to four gunshots and saw Ulloa going into a home.

David Mastrianni lives next door and heard the gunshots.

“Honestly, I was worried he shot somebody over there, his girlfriend, or the lady that lives over there. That’s what we really thought happened,” said Mastrianni.

Meanwhile, neighbor Jim Ammons said he made eye contact with the suspect while he was shooting. He said he walked to his truck and tried to create a barrier between him and the suspect.

“It shook us up a little bit, we don’t get that much around here and he fired off probably four or five rounds, so it shook us up a little bit, but we pushed through and did okay,” said Jim Ammons

Police said they located two shell casings near the front door of the home and three near the passenger side of the red Ford Mustang. A ‘slug’ was also found in the front yard.

According to police, no injuries were reported and no property was damaged.

Mastrianni said once you could hear police sirens, Ulloa tried to escape out of the home. Mastrianni immediately notified officers again where Ulloa was headed.

Police found Ulloa in the backyard of the home and detained him. Ulloa reportedly told officers he did not shoot anyone and was protecting his home.

“When asked how he was protecting his house, he [Ulloa] would not say how nor from what,” the report stated.

Neighbors said he was detained for several more hours by his home as police searched for the gun. A gun was found in Ulloa’s bedroom after a search warrant was executed at his home, police said.

“We don’t have incidents very often in Surfside and we so value our relationships with the community that they trust us to make a phone call quickly so we can get resources down there and get to the bottom of what’s going on,” said Hofmann.

Ulloa is charged with discharging a firearm, breach of peace and possession of marijuana.

He is currently being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

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