A 67-year-old Eutawville man lost his right eye after his grandson allegedly shot him in the face on Monday morning.
Torrence Latroy Jenkins, 28, who shares the same Addidas Street address as his grandparents, is facing one count of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Jenkins appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Jacob Gillens on Tuesday afternoon.
Gillens set his bond at $52,500, on his own recognizance.
He ordered Jenkins to remain in the custody of his grandmother, but when his grandfather returns home, Jenkins will need to find another place to live, Gillens said.
Gillens ordered Jenkins not to have any contact with his grandfather.
“If he decides to be hard-headed with you, call the police,” Gillens said to the grandmother of Jenkins.
Jenkins’ grandmother, wife to the man who was shot, spoke quietly with Gillens during the bond hearing.
She explained her grandson’s military service and noted that the mental health system is broken.
“This is just a bad situation,” said Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Andy Hayes.
Hayes said that Jenkins served in the U.S. Army during wartime and that both Jenkins and his grandfather “love each other very well.”
Online records show that Jenkins received a promotion to sergeant in April 2016.
“I cannot mandate him getting any treatment,” Gillens said to Jenkins’ grandmother.
After the shooting incident, “An officer told me you grabbed his (her husband’s) hands and you prayed. That’s probably why he’s still here,” Gillens said.
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Jenkins’ grandmother raised her hands as an expression of thankfulness.
Members of the family sat nearby and fought to contain their emotions of joy when Gillens allowed Jenkins to be released on his personal recognizance, rather than having to pay bail.
If Jenkins is convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison for attempted murder.
A sheriff’s office incident report states that deputies arrived at the Addidas Street residence around 9:30 a.m. Monday where they found Jenkins’ grandfather sitting in a chair at the kitchen table with a gunshot wound to his face.
Medics transported him to the Regional Medical Center initially.
Eutawville Police Chief Damien Hartwell had Jenkins detained when deputies arrived.
Hartwell told deputies that Jenkins tossed a silver handgun in a flower bed near the steps of the front porch.
Initially, Jenkins told deputies that someone else shot his grandfather, but his grandmother told deputies that Jenkins admitted to shooting his grandfather, the report states.
She told deputies that while she was in the master bedroom, she heard a gunshot near the kitchen.
She then walked towards the kitchen where she saw Jenkins holding the handgun.
She attempted to get the gun from him and a struggle ensued, she said, according to the report.
Jenkins held onto the gun and went to the front porch.
Law enforcement located two brass 9mm shell casings and one live 9mm round near the porch. They found another 9mm brass shell casing in the hallway leading toward the kitchen. They also recovered the handgun in the flowerbed.
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said, “We’re still investigating a cause behind this individual shooting a relative in such a brutal manner. This individual was taken into custody immediately and was said to pose no danger to any else afterward.”
Inv. Andy Hayes is leading the ongoing investigation.