Man shot and killed in Lincolnville home invasion

A 40-year-old man who was shot early this morning during a home invasion in Lincolnville has died, the Charleston County Coroner's Office confirmed.

Leland M. Shannon Jr. of Fripp Lane in Summerville died about 7:10 a.m. at Medical University Hospital, the coroner said.

About 12:40 a.m., the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a burglary and gunfire at 805 W. Carolina Ave. Deputies found Shannon, who suffered a gunshot wound to the upper left thigh, lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen.

Shannon and two residents of the home told deputies that they had heard a knock on the door and allowed a black man into the home. The man carried on a short conversation with Shannon and the two residents, 20-year-old Joy Tareece Holmes and 33-year-old Antwone Aiken.

After the man left and walked toward a gray sedan parked outside, Aiken asked who was in the passenger seat, according to an incident report.

“No one you need to worry about,” the report quoted the man as saying.

But that’s when the passenger, a black man dressed in all black and a mask, got out, broke into the home and shot Shannon with a shotgun, according to the report.

“The victim was the intended target,” sheriff’s Capt. Eric Watson said. “The black male forced entry into the home and immediately shot the victim and fled.”

Investigators didn’t know whether the assailant intended to steal anything from the home, but nothing was taken, Watson said. The area is known for drug activity, but Watson said deputies found no drugs at the scene.

The burglar returned to the gray sedan and left. No further description was given.

Shannon was transported to Medical University Hospital, where he died about seven hours later. Investigators think Aiken knew one of the suspects, but no name was provided.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Charleston County Sheriff's Office at 202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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