Elderly woman awakens to find intruder, shoots at him
ORANGEBURG, SC - Deputies are checking Midlands hospitals for someone with a gunshot wound after a would-be burglar broke into an armed 85-year-old woman’s residence early Sunday.
The locked-and-loaded Kennerly Road woman said she was awakened by her dog barking at about 2:15 a.m. She said she grabbed her handgun and went to investigate. When she entered her dining room, she came face to face with an intruder, according to the incident report.
The woman’s first reaction was to yell at the intruder, “What are you doing in my house?” She said the man didn’t budge nor answer her inquiry. Her second reaction was to raise her handgun and fire a round at him.
That got a reaction from the intruder; he ran. The woman said the subject ran out of her back door and fled up a nearby dirt road.
In other reports:
* Hospital staff called deputies early Sunday after a man tried to steal medical items while being seen by a doctor.
RMC staff members said the 30-year-old Orangeburg man, who came in for medical treatment, was observed stuffing items into his clothing. The gig was up, though, when he was told to change into a hospital gown.
He told deputies he had a “medical condition that makes him steal items that he does not need,” the report said.
* A Dragstrip Road man was treated for what he described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He said he was trying to clear his Model 1911 .45-caliber handgun Saturday night when it discharged. The bullet traveled down his leg and stopped at his ankle.
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