North Charleston police are searching for two men who reportedly shot a Goose Creek man in the thigh in a home invasion early Wednesday.
Investigators also are comparing notes with Dorchester County deputies to determine if the incident is related to a home invasion that occurred Monday less than two miles away.
Tywann Diondrey Nelson, 24, of Riverside Circle, told police he was visiting a friend’s home on Hunters Ridge Lane when he heard a knock on the door about 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Nelson opened the door and saw two men he didn’t recognize, an incident report said. The men asked Nelson where “Daren” was, and he said he didn’t know, according to the report.
Before Nelson could close the door, the two men pushed their way inside and chased him up the stairs, the report said.
Then, one of the men fired a black pistol at him and fled.
Nelson described the gunman as black, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 160 pounds, in his early 20s, and wearing a black shirt and long black pants.
He described the other man as black, 6 feet tall, 320 pounds, in his early 20s, with a goatee, and wearing a black shirt with one short and one long sleeve, long black pants and a dark blue or black knit hat.
The shooting is under investigation, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.
Not far away, another man was shot in the foot when two men forced entry into his home early Monday.
Carmen Velasquez Perez, 40, told Dorchester County sheriff’s deputies someone knocked on the front door of his Tuskegee Drive home about 1:30 a.m. and claimed to have car trouble.
Perez described the man to deputies as white, in his mid-20s, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, and about 180 pounds, wearing dark shorts, an orange shirt and gray jacket.
When Perez refused to help, the man barged into his home, bringing a man with him, according to an incident report.
Perez described the second man as black, 18-25 years old, 6 feet tall, about 160 pounds, wearing gloves and a black hooded sweatshirt.
The men demanded money from Perez, which he refused, according to the report.
The black man then shot Perez in the left foot, prompting him to hand over $350, the report said.
The men ran from the home toward Ashley Phosphate Road, the report said.
Sheriff’s Maj. John Garrison said deputies and North Charleston police are working to investigate similarities in the two crimes to determine if they are connected.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.
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