Crime

Shots fired at resident in Carolina Forest neighborhood

A 26-year-old man was shot at after confronting a suspect he said he saw breaking into his neighbor’s vehicles, according to a police report.

Horry County police were called about 3:30 a.m. to investigate after shots were fired on a street within Waterford Plantation in Carolina Forest.

Authorities responded to the shooting and, the victim told police he was awoken by his baby at 3 a.m. and looked outside his window. He said he saw a bicycle lying in his driveway and noticed the suspect walking around his neighbor’s vehicles. The suspect then got his bike and rode farther down the street, the report states.

The victim said he saw the suspect go into two of his neighbor’s cars. He said he then shouted at the suspect from his driveway. The suspect then got on his bike and headed toward the suspect. The victim was planning on getting into his vehicle to follow the suspect when he heard a gunshot, the report states.

The victim started to follow the suspect down the street, but then turned around and called police.

Authorities said they found what appeared to be a bullet hole in the bottom of the driver’s side door of the victim’s car. Officers said they viewed surveillance footage from the victim’s neighbor, and said they said saw the suspect make a motion that looked like firing a gun, but it was unclear in the video, police said.

Authorities found a bicycle matching the description of the one the victim gave abandoned beside a nearby wooden gazebo. The victim came to the area said that was the bike he saw the suspect on, the report states.

The neighbors told police they didn’t wish to pursue burglary charges because nothing was missing from their vehicles.

Horry County police are still investigating the shooting, according to Krystal Dotson, police spokeswoman, who also said no one was injured during the incident.

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