‘You just can’t feel safe’: Deadly shooting at Walterboro pool hall worries neighbors

Published: Jul. 31, 2022 at 6:04 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2022 at 5:04 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - An early-morning shooting Saturday at a Walterboro pool hall that left one man dead has neighbors worried and frustrated.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue responded at 1:54 a.m. Saturday to the Sure Shots Pool Hall where a man had been reported shot and a woman injured. First responders said the man had been wounded multiple times and they took him to an area hospital where he died from his injuries. The woman had suffered a broken leg, firefighters said.

Neighbors say it woke them up and scared them. Lora Nettles lives nearby and says she and her neighbors woke up from the noise. She called 911.

“We just need resolution out here because you can’t sleep in your bed without fear in your life. My two-year-old grandson lives here and I do not want nothing to happen,” Nettles says.

She says there was another shooting outside the pool hall last year, and bullets hit her house in that incident. Now, less than a year later, she’s frustrated that it happened again and this time claimed a life.

“It was scary because my house has already been hit before,” she says. “And I already suffer post-traumatic stress disorder because of a prior gunshot wound and having to live by this place, you just can’t feel safe and I didn’t know if anybody else was going to start shooting or not.”

Nettles says she has reached out to Colleton County Council about noise, fights and now shootings near the pool hall. She says one neighbor has already moved away because of the inconveniences.

“There’s been several times the concerns come up because of shots being fired over there,” she says.

Nettles says she and her neighbors have asked for more law enforcement in the past and gone to county council about the issues the business creates for neighbors. Now, she says they will continue to bring their concerns and ask that the hall be closed.

“So far nothing has been done. I’ve spoken to the sheriff and a SLED agent there as well,” Nettles says. “And I also talked to a SLED agent out of Columbia and everything’s still the same now somebody’s lost their life because of this.”

Neighbors say Sure Shots Pool Hall was not open on the Saturday night following the shooting.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s office says the investigation is ongoing and they have not made any arrests.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 843-549-2211 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

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