FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Florence County Sheriff's Office is investigating how a 7-year-old in Florence was struck by the accidental discharge of a shotgun.
The shooting occurred at the child's father's home at the 1400 block of Willow Trace Drive in Florence at around 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept 8, and there were several people in the home at the time.
Capt. Michael Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff's Office says the shooting appears to be accidental and the child was not the intended victim. Investigators say they are continuing to question the witnesses at the scene. Nunn said right now it's unclear whether or not the shooter had a different, intended victim in mind.
Neighbors who also live on Willow Trace Drive have differing opinions of the safety of their neighborhood.
"It's real sad because I've got kids, I've got grandkids. It's something very devastating, so I'm sorry to hear that. Back here's a nice, quiet place to live. Never have no problem back here," Willow Trace Drive Resident Alexander McCrea said.
"We fear for our lives here. I'm not comfortable, none of us are. I have a grandson to worry about, it's just very upsetting to hear and to see these things going on and you know a few months back a baby overdosed on cocaine, nine months old," Willow Trace Drive Resident Electra Smith said.
The child was struck by the pellets in the leg. The child's injuries are serious but not life-threatening.
Nunn tells WMBF News that investigators are still gathering more details on the incident and that criminal charges are possible.