Summerville police find gunshot victim at Shamrock Drive; manhunt under way

Summerville Police and Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies were on Shamrock Drive investigating a reported shooting. Buy this photo

Summerville police officers are searching for four men involved in an apparent home invasion and shooting Wednesday in the Robynwyn neighborhood.

Investigators were working to piece together the events that unfolded about 10:30 a.m., but details were vague.

Officers questioned a man with a stocky build as he sat in one of two chairs that framed the single-story home’s front door at 100 Myrtle Place at the Shamrock Drive intersection.

The man, dressed in a grey sweatshirt and sweatpants, appeared frustrated when pressed for details by police.

The man, who identified himself as Dominick Smith, stressed to officers that he had just gotten home when the incident occurred.

Later, he was hesitant to speak with reporters about the incident.

“I don’t really want to talk about it,” he said as he peeked from behind the blinds of a window at the home’s back door.

He briefly added that four masked men kicked in his home’s front door about 10:30 a.m. Shots were fired and the invaders scattered, he said.

Police said one person was shot and rushed to a local hospital. The wounded person has not been identified.

Another person was jolted with a Taser for running from officers as they attempted to question him about the incident. Officers haven’t confirmed whether he is connected to the shooting, Rogers said.

Officers searched the surrounding area for suspects in the incident. Two of the wanted men were reportedly dressed in black. The others wore camouflage. By late Wednesday, they had not found the men.

The Robynwyn subdivision’s recent history is laced with violence.

A 21-year-old man was reportedly shot at the same location on Oct. 21 when someone walked up to him, asked his name and shot him in the stomach.

On Oct. 3, 36-year-old John Elliot Hancock was gunned down in his front yard on Lilac Street, about a half-mile away.

Community members rallied following Hancock’s death hoping to quell the spike in violence.

Still, neighbors who gathered following Wednesday’s shooting insisted that the road is one of the subdivision’s safest.

“This is one of the quietest streets there is,” said Sammie Nolan, who has lived off Shamrock Drive for 18 years.

“Well, we have it better than on the other side anyway,” neighbor Alphonzo Hughes added, pointing in the direction of Hancock’s slaying.

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