MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Moncks Corner police are investigating whether shots were fired into a home early Tuesday morning could be connected to a vehicle break-in believed to have occurred more than five hours earlier.
Police responded to the home in the 400 block of Eagleston Drive off Highway 52 at approximately 2:44 a.m. where the John Vaughn said he, his wife, Camisha, and their daughter had been awakened by a loud noise in their home. He said he had no idea the noise was gunfire until he saw bullet holes.
"The fact that it penetrated two to three walls in our house and the angle they came in, it could have easily, I mean a couple of feet one way or the other it could have went right through somebody," John said.
He told police he spotted the bathroom mirror broken and what appeared to be a bullet on the floor, then found additional bullet holes in the kitchen and hallway walls and at the bottom of the glass sliding door leading to the back yard.
"I just started crying," Camisha said. "You could have killed my children."
Additional bullet holes were spotted in the privacy fence and in the back side of the home, according to an incident report.
"I wanted to cry, man, because I felt so helpless like you didn't have any control," John said. "You're in your house, you figure you got a fence in your backyard, you got a dog in your backyard, you should be safe."
The Vaughns are thankful their children weren't hit by the gunfire.
"My son actually slept through it," John said. "My daughter, I think when it came through and hit the bathroom mirror, it shattered the glass on the other side of the room, so she came running and screaming."
Police located six shell casings along a trail behind the privacy fence that leads to railroad tracks, the report states. Officers also found fresh shoe prints and tire marks from a bicycle.
According to Moncks Corner Police Lt. Mark Fields, it is possible the gun used in the incident was stolen from a car at an apartment complex less than a mile away the night before.
In a separate incident, police were called to a home in the 200 block of Allen Richard Lane at approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a vehicle break-in. The victim said he found his door open and his vehicle ransacked, the police report states.
The man told police a black Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun with two clips was missing from the vehicle.
The break-in was believed to have occurred some time around 9 p.m. Monday, more than five hours before shots were fired at the home, police say.
Police say several loose rounds in the center console matched bullets found at the scene of the home on Eagleston Drive as well as shoe prints on the ground that matched those found on the trail behind the home where shots had been fired.
Police are trying to confirm whether the cases are connected. Investigators believe it was a random shooting and do not believe the Vaughns were specifically targeted.
The still-shaken family feels they had to speak out, even though the shooter is still on the run.
"I know people say they don't want to be the tattletale or whatever but I just want to teach out to the community, let our story be known, find out who did this," Camisha said.
Anyone with information should call Moncks Corner Police at (843) 719-7930 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.