JOHNS ISLAND -- Charleston County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a 14-year-old boy accused of shooting into a teenage girl's bedroom window and striking her father as he tried to scare off the would-be intruder early Tuesday.
Clifford Wright said he peered through the blinds of his 14-year-old daughter's upstairs window about 2:30 a.m. to see what was making noise outside his home at 163 St. John Lane.
He said he pounded on the window and was about to do it again when he saw the "fire" from a gun and felt the searing pain of a bullet entering his left thumb and going through his arm. The bullet came to rest in the bedroom wall.
The suspect ran away. He reportedly used Wright's own ladder to reach the window.
Charleston County Sheriff's deputies identified a 14-year-old suspect Tuesday afternoon but did not have him in custody, Maj. John Clark said. Deputies have not released the suspect's name because he is a juvenile.
The Wright family said they don't believe they know the suspect.
Wright said he never did get a good look at him. His daughter woke him up about 2:30 a.m. because she heard a noise outside her locked window
Wright said he saw shadowy figures outside the glass that was fogged up by the air-conditioning. At first he thought an animal had somehow reached the first-story roof outside of window, so he banged on the glass.
"I couldn't identify who or what it was," he said.
The figure disappeared. Wright said he then grabbed the blinds with his right hand and was about to bang on the window again with his left hand when he saw and heard the gunshot.
"I saw the fire from the gun," he said. "I knew I had been shot. I felt a sharp pain."
The auto mechanic said he's lived in the house that faces Church Creek for 23 years, and that this is the first time he's ever had trouble.
"It's a hell of a change because I'm so used to living in a peaceful home with nice neighbors," he said.
"Now all of a sudden some fool tries to disrupt that by breaking into my home while I'm at home."