Orangeburg

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A 37-year-old Orangeburg man was shot in the leg on Saturday night in a dispute involving his cousin and the mother of his cousin’s children, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

The man’s 39-year-old cousin told deputies that he was supposed to go to the apartment to spend time with the mother of his two children.

However, when he spoke with her on the phone, she told him she was at her mother’s house.

The 39-year-old man drove past the apartment complex and saw her vehicle parked there, so he knocked on the door of apartment. He didn’t have a key to the apartment, but told deputies he lived in there.

He knocked on the door several times. The woman eventually spoke to him through the closed door, telling him to leave.

The 39-year-old told deputies he shattered a window and then unlocked the front door, the report said.

The cousins allegedly went upstairs to the bedroom and pushed in the door, the 39-year-old said.

The 39-year-old said they found an unknown man who told them to leave the apartment. The 39-year-old told the man that he didn’t need to leave because he lived there.

That’s when the unknown man allegedly pulled out a gun and fired about five shots, with one striking the 37-year-old.

The man with the gun left in a white Ford pickup, the 39-year-old said.

The injured man told deputies that the unknown man shot him “for no reason.”

The woman told deputies that the father of their children broke into the apartment through a window.

She said that when that happened, she went upstairs and locked the bedroom door behind her.

When the father of their children and his cousin entered the bedroom, she went downstairs, she said.

She told deputies that she heard the gunshots, but she didn’t see the shooting.

She also told deputies that the father of their children does not live at the apartment. He visits from time to time, but not on a consistent basis, the report said.

She told deputies that she tries to remain cordial with him because they have two children in common.

Deputies reviewed surveillance video footage that showed the woman and the father of their children engaged in a physical altercation at the rear of the apartment, the report said.

A deputy noted in the report that the two appeared to strike each other, but they declined to pursue charges over the physical altercation.

Their children were not at the scene.

Investigators called for agents from the S.C. Law Enforcement to assist.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Richard Walker said the case remains under investigation and the agency hasn’t arrested anyone.

In other reports:

• A Rowesville man reported Sunday morning that his 17-year-old son allegedly threatened him with a knife.

When deputies arrived, they saw the teen outside apparently brandishing an ax, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

Deputies said they attempted several times to get the teen to drop the ax, but the teen did not obey their commands.

A deputy drew his .40-caliber Glock service weapon due to the teen’s “apparent propensity for violence and the totality of the circumstances,” according to the incident report.

The teen dropped the ax and deputies detained him and then searched him for additional weapons.

The teen’s father said his son was upset with him because he found a substance, which appeared to be marijuana, in his bedroom, the report said.

He punished his son by removing his cellphone from his room.

That’s when the teen allegedly became angry and threatened his father with a kitchen knife.

• A Cope man reported Friday that someone stole copper from his vacant trailer on Charleston Highway. He told deputies the last time he was at that trailer was about a month ago.

Deputies retrieved drug paraphernalia from the bathroom and entered the item as evidence.

The property will be under direct patrol for the next several weeks.

The value of the stolen copper is $1,000.

• A Holly Hill woman reported Saturday night that her 13-year-old son was driving her Hyundai, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

She said neighbors initially alerted her that he was driving the vehicle up and down the road.

When deputies spoke with the teen about the incident, the teen “did not deny taking the vehicle,” the report states.

According to the report, the teen’s mother said she wishes to pursue charges against her son through family court.

Deputies will forward the case to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

• A Cordova man reported Sunday morning that someone stole yard tools from his unlocked storage shed on Dunn Road.

A Stihl weed eater and a Stihl pole saw were stolen. The items are valued at $1,300.

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