LINCOLNVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A 40-year-old man and father of seven was shot and killed Tuesday during a Lincolnville home invasion. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office said Leland Shannon was shot in the thigh with a shotgun and later died at MUSC.
The neighbor who called 9-1-1 says he has lived down the street from Shannon since he was 7 years old. He described Shannon as being like a brother to him.
The shooting happened in the 800 block of West Carolina Avenue just after midnight. The neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, told Charleston County sheriff's deputies he heard someone banging on his front door, screaming that Shannon had been shot. That is when he called 9-1-1.
According to the police report, witnesses in Shannon's home at the time told deputies a man came to the door and was let inside. They say after the man talked to Shannon, a second man then came into the home and shot Shannon in the upper thigh with a shotgun. He was taken to MUSC where he later died.
Shannon leaves behind seven children and says everyone in that Lincolnville neighborhood is devastated by what happened just a few doors away.
A witness told deputies he recognized the first suspect as an acquaintance of Shannon's, but said he had never seen the second man before. That man is accused of being the shooter. He was dressed in all black and wearing a mask.
Deputies say the suspects fled the scene in the gray sedan after the shooting.
The sheriff's office describe the three suspects as black males dressed in dark colored clothing wearing masks. Anyone with information is asked to call the Charleston County Sheriff's Office at (843) 202 – 1700 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.