Report: Man awakened, robbed, and shot in stomach

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a man was shot after waking up early Saturday to find a masked man standing beside his bed, demanding entry into a safe.

The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. at a home on Cottonwood Drive, a Dorchester County Sheriff's Office report states.

The 56-year-old victim told deputies he was sleeping when a man wearing a mask and dark clothing woke him up and forced him to open his safe, which contained valuable like rare coins, rubies, and diamonds.

The victim said the suspect then bound his hands with tape before shooting him in the stomach with a handgun. Deputies said they found several pieces of paperwork in the roadway outside which came from the man's residence.

While deputies did not find any sign of forced entry, the victim told them he usually leaves the front door unlocked.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. If you have any information regarding this crime, call the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office at (843) 832-0300.

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