Neighbor speaks out after home invasion leads to shooting

WAGENER, SC (WFXG) - The victim in a home invasion and armed robbery is out of the hospital after being shot in the forehead last night. But the Aiken County Sheriff's Office is still looking for his shooters.

A woman who lives near the victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she was just on her porch when she heard yelling.

"He started cussing and saying 'leave me alone'," she says.

After calling a friend to see if they knew what was going on, and after she hung up the phone she heard the gunshot ring out.

"I heard a gunshot and a few minutes later, he comes stumbling out the door, bleeding real bad and saying 'Help me, help me I've been shot'," she says.

The victim was taken to a hospital in Columbia, SC to be treated for his injuries, and was released this morning.

We spoke with Captain Eric Abdullah at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and they gave some new details about what may have caused the robbery.

"The initial party's investigation has lead us to believe this is a drug related incident," says Capt. . Abdullah.

The woman says she's lived on Country Lane Rd for 14 years, and this sort of thing never happens.

"You know it happens in Wagener but not here. Because this place has always been quiet, so it was a shock," she says.

And she says she isn't taking any chances when it comes to her safety.

"I used to leave my door open, but it'll stay locked now," she says.

Anyone with information about this case can call the Sheriff's Office at 803-648-6811 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (1-888-274-6372).

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