Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for two men who claimed to have car trouble, then shot and robbed a North Charleston man in the foot when he refused to help.

Carmen Velasquez Perez, 40, told deputies he woke up when he heard someone knock on the front door of his home on Tuskegee Drive about 1:30 a.m.

When he answered the door, a man asked for help because his vehicle was stuck in a ditch, an incident report states.

Perez described the man 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, he told deputies the man barged into the home, bringing a black man with him.

Perez described the black man as 18-25 years old, 6 feet tall, about 160 pounds, wearing gloves and a black hooded sweatshirt.

Both men demanded money from Perez, which he refused, according to the report.

Then, the black man shot Perez in the left foot, prompting him to give the men $350, the report said.

Perez told deputies he did not see the weapon, only the flash.

The men ran out of the house toward Ashley Phosphate Road, the report said.

A neighbor told deputies he heard a pop and saw a vehicle speed away. He could not give a description of the vehicle.

Paramedics transported Perez to Trident Medical Center for treatment, the report said.

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