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An Orangeburg man says someone broke into his Houser Street residence and pistol-whipped him early Sunday morning, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

The man was sleeping around 3:15 a.m. when a man in dark clothing and a white mask kicked down his door and began looking for his wallet, the report said.

When the intruder could not find money, he hit the victim with the handgun, causing a welt to the left side of his eye and cheek, the report states.

It was not the first time such an incident occurred, the victim said.

He said in the previous two incidents, men in masks took his money but did not assault him.

The victim said he did not report previous incidents because he was never assaulted.

He was treated by Orangeburg County Emergency Medical Services, but refused to be transported to the hospital.

The incident is under investigation.

In unrelated reports:

  • A North man drove to the Regional Medical Center as a precaution after someone shot at his vehicle early Sunday morning. He was uninjured.

The man said the incident occurred after he left a nightclub around 4:20 a.m.

The man said when he turned onto Bruin Parkway, he noticed a van was stopped in the middle of the road.

The victim said black male with dreadlocks stepped out of the van and started shooting in his direction. He sped off to the hospital to make sure he was not injured.

The rear passenger window and the front passenger door were damaged by gunshots.

The incident is under investigation.

  • An old orange and blue Phillips 76 ball light was stolen from a Cordova residence Friday night. It is valued at $10,000.

Other items reported stolen include a welding set and yellow DeWalt grinders.

  • An Orangeburg man said he was only in a Rowesville nightclub for an hour when he noticed that someone had broken out the passenger side window of his 2013 Dodge Challenger early Friday morning.

The vehicle sustained two dents to the passenger door as well. The total value of the damage was $1,500. The victim said nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle.

  • An Elloree woman said male subject argued with her about eating all the chicken on Friday afternoon. She contacted law enforcement, claiming the man has a violent past, an incident report states.

Business Reporter

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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