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A twenty-two year old man was shot multiple times during a home invasion at 103-A Johnson Street in Johnston around 10:30 Tuesday night, May 6. According to the Johnston Police Department, the victim was able to place the 911 call that informed law enforcement of the crime, to which the JPD as well as the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office and a unit from the Edgefield Police Department responded. When law enforcement personnel arrived at the home, they found the victim sitting on a couch bleeding from his wounds. Before being transported for medical treatment, the man was able to relate some of the night’s event to law enforcement officials.
The victim told officers that he was in lying in bed when an unknown assailant entered the home, shot him, and fled the scene. The shooter, however, dropped his firearm inside the home as he fled. The empty gun was recovered as evidence. Also recovered from the scene were spent shell casings and a partial bullet. There was no sign of forced entry to the home and nothing was taken. Law enforcement believes the doors to the home may have been left unlocked because other family members were expected home soon.
It is believed that the victim in this crime was shot three times; once in the right shoulder, once in the right side, and once in the left side. He was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta, GA. He reportedly underwent surgery for his injuries, and, as of Wednesday afternoon, he was listed in critical condition.
The JPD is actively investigating the circumstances of this crime, assessing evidence collected from the home, “following up on leads” in this case. The Advertiser will continue to follow this story and post updates as they become available.