Witnesses give conflicting stories after Summerville shooting

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County Sheriff's Office deputies say a 35-year-old man was shot outside a home on Parsons Road in Summerville early Wednesday.

An incident report states deputies responded to Summerville Medical Center around 12:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a shooting.  When they arrived, deputies were given conflicting stories by the victim and the woman who drove him to the hospital.

The woman told deputies she stopped at a gas station at 1210 Central Avenue to buy beer before heading to house at 606 Parsons Road.  She said the shooting victim was with her at the time.

According to the woman, she was leaving the gas station when someone in an unknown car pulled up behind them and started flashing their lights.  The woman said the victim got out of the car, which was parked at Parsons Road near Gadsden Acres, and was then shot.

However, the victim gave deputies a different account.  He said they stopped near the 800 block of Parsons Road, near West Richardson Avenue, when they saw a vehicle with flashing lights.  The victim said he got out of the car and was immediately shot.

Deputies then spoke to the clerk at 1210 Central Avenue, who told them the woman had bought beer from him that night, but she was not with the victim, she was with her husband.  This led deputies to the couple's home at 606 Parsons Road.

Once on scene, deputies found shell casings and small drops of blood in a red Honda sitting in front of the home.

Deputies continued to search the yard, where they found more blood and money on the ground.  That trail of blood led all the way to the front door of the home.

The woman's husband answered the door with blood on his hands, and when deputies asked him if anyone else was inside the home, he told them his three children were sleeping in bed.

After some additional questioning, deputies did not arrest him, according to the incident report.

The man's wife was taken to a "law enforcement center" for more questioning.  The report states "no further action was taken in this case."

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