A 14-year-old Orangeburg boy is recovering from a gunshot wound he received when someone sprayed a Charleston Highway residence with two dozen bullets on Tuesday.
The teen was inside the residence with one of his parents and juvenile brother around 10 p.m. when the shooting occurred.
The parent told deputies that the teen was in the kitchen preparing a snack when multiple gunshots rang out.
The parent and juvenile brother were sitting on the couch.
The parent ordered the boys to the floor upon hearing glass shatter from the hail of bullets.
According to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the parent told deputies that they don’t know who would have shot the residence, but they mentioned they are related to a victim of the fatal shooting that occurred Feb. 27 in the parking lot of Cook Out on John C. Calhoun Drive in Orangeburg.
That shooting left Raquan Malik Middleton, 17, dead and a 15-year-old injured.
When deputies arrived at the Charleston Highway home on Tuesday night, they saw the 14-year-old conscious and lying on the floor with his leg wrapped up.
Orangeburg County EMS transferred the teen, his parent and brother to the Regional Medical Center.
The parent and brother were not injured.
Deputies found 13 spent shell casings in the roadway near the residence and approximately 24 bullet holes in the residence. A vehicle parked there was also damaged.
On Wednesday, someone fired a gun into a Savant Street home a little after 2 a.m.
The homeowner told deputies that he, his wife, his son and their four juvenile grandchildren were inside watching television and sleeping when someone fired directly into the residence.
One of the eight bullets that struck the home passed through the front door and exited the back sliding glass door, according to the incident report.
A vehicle was also damaged there and the homeowner said he doesn’t know who would’ve shot his home.
This week’s shooting of residences is just one of several over the past month.
On Feb. 24, someone shot into a Rivelon Road residence and injured a 47-year-old woman in her right knee.
On Feb. 18, residents at a Baxter Street home called deputies to report that someone shot at their home multiple times.
An hour later, a Breezy Drive family reported that someone shot their home several times.
Around 3 a.m., someone fired into a Coleman Avenue residence, and two of the four people inside of it were struck with bullets.
The OCSO is continuing their investigation of these incidents to see how and if the shootings are connected.
If anyone has any information about these shootings, they are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous.
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