Residents concerned following Ladson home invasion

Deputies investigate Ladson home invasion

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County deputies are investigating a home invasion in the Tranquil Acres subdivision in Ladson. According to the police report, shots were fired inside the home.

Deputies says they arrived around 12:30a.m. Tuesday to the home on the 100 block of Richter Drive.

The 78-year-old victim, who was home at the time, told deputies an intruder got inside the home through a sliding glass door while she was asleep. She awakened when the intruder flipped the light on in her hallway, she said.

Deputies say the victim described the person wearing what appeared to be a hood who fired one shot into the bedroom. The victim said she hid underneath the covers until she heard a second shot, and then ran to the master bathroom where she locked herself in.

After several minutes, she opened the door to try to reach a telephone to call for help, and the intruder had already left the home.

Neighbors are on edge after the break-in.

"I feel very uneasy," said Jennifer Brown.

A lot has changed for Brown over the past few hours.

Brown said, "We're not sure if we want to stay here anymore."

She's been living in Tranquil Acres for 6 months now.

"It's usually pretty quiet," said Brown.

The mother of three says she was home with her seven and four month old kids when she heard something unusual.

Brown said, "Around 11:50 last night I heard what sounded like a pow."

She looked outside and didn't see anything, so she wasn't too worried until a sheriff's deputy knocked on her door.

Brown said, "That's when I saw a caution tape around the neighbor's house and my heart sunk and I was like oh my God, something's happened."

Brown says she was scared to death for her 78-year-old neighbor.

Brown says she too was also a victim of a recent break-in.

"Our cars were broken into about three weeks ago," said Brown.

She says nothing valuable was taken, so she didn't report it. But now the mother won't let anything slide, especially after what her neighbor went through.

Brown said, "So now I know that anytime if I hear anything, even if I think maybe it was a firework, maybe it was a car backfiring, I know to call now."

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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