Horry County police investigate Carolina Forest home invasion

troot@thesunnews.comDecember 9, 2013 

— Two men are wanted in connection with a home invasion where one person was shot during a struggle in a gated Carolina Forest community late Sunday, according to authorities.

Officers were called Sunday to the 5000 block of Belleglen Court in The Fountains, which is located off Gardner Lacey Road after 9:50 p.m., according to an incident report.

Police met two victims at the home, the third was at Conway Hospital receiving treatment for a gunshot wound, the report said. His injuries were not life-threatening, said Lt. Robert Kegler.

Two suspects are identified in the police report. One is a 22-year-old man who is a childhood friend of the man who was shot. The other is a 26-year-old man that none of the suspects know, the report said. The Sun News does not identify suspects until formal charges have been filed.

The injured man told police the 22-year-old man had called earlier in the day saying he would be stopping by.

When he opened the door both suspects walked in, and the younger man put a gun to one of the victim’s heads, the report said. The 26-year-old suspect is accused of demanding drugs and money and threatening to kill one of the victims.

The man convinced the two suspects to go into a bedroom w7ith him where he gave them $2,000 cash before grabbing the younger suspect’s arm and taking the gun from him. The older suspect reportedly shot the man in his back before the pair fled.

According to the report, the men had placed a potato on the barrel of both guns.

The gun the victim grabbed was taken as evidence by police.

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