Hampton Police Department (HPD) report a shooting in the 100 block of Locust Street W. near the Hampton County Dispatch Center at around 9:30 p.m. on 23, Apr , 2019.
According to investigators, two masked men attempted to force their way into a home and were met by the homeowner who had a CCW permit.
When the masked men opened fire on the homeowner, he returned fire, striking both men and killing one. The other suspect fled the scene in a car, driving himself to a nearby McDonald’s on US-278 for help. From there he was airlifted to MUSC Charleston, SC in critical condition.
The homeowner also received a gunshot wound during the firefight and was taken to the hospital but released a short time later.
During the course of the investigation, Detectives arrested 19-year-old Anderah Sinai McGowen in connection with the home invasion and charged her with criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.
Laura Bryan, whose brother lives on the street the shooting occurred, told WTOC,
“You shouldn’t break into places anyway, but it’s not a good idea to be breaking into somewhere right across the street from the police department.”
According to Bryan’s brother, the whole scene was a picture of chaos,
“All he said was it sounded like fireworks went off and an alarm went off, and the next thing he knew, the police were out here, and he never comes outside because he was a little scared,” she said. “You shouldn’t be breaking into homes, you shouldn’t be causing that type of disturbance. These people were just sitting in their home minding their own business, and you come in on them. Expect to get shot around here.”
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