Two men kicked in the front door of a North Charleston mobile home Wednesday morning. As they started going through the home, a woman who lived there grabbed her gun and shot one of them, police said.
Authorities said she later identified the man she shot as her boyfriend's brother.
After the 5:15 a.m. shooting on Ott Street, the intruders fled the Trailwood mobile home park in a vehicle, which crashed shortly afterward at Dorchester and Meeting Street roads, said Spencer Pryor, police public information officer.
Pryor said the passenger in the vehicle was 24-year-old Myron Maurice Jenkins. He said Jenkins suffered a serious gunshot wound and was unconscious.
Later in the day, Jenkins was at Medical University Hospital clinging to life, his family said. The family said the former Middleton High School student's chance for survival was not good, and if he pulled through, he might never walk again.
Brandon LeVar Johnson, 22, of Charleston, is charged with first-degree burglary. Police also accused him of driving the getaway vehicle. He was scheduled to have a bond hearing this morning. Jenkins, of West Ashley, also will face a first-degree burglary charge, Pryor said.
The resident of the mobile home told officers she fired the gun because she was afraid the intruders were going to hurt her, police said.
Police did not identify her, and she was not charged with any crime.
Wednesday afternoon at the mobile home, a blood smear was visible on the front door next to a large sticker that reads "Protected by Brinks Home Security." A heavy trail of blood drops led from the door, down the front steps and across the front patio toward the roadway.
Neighbors said police had blocked the road for several hours as they investigated the shooting.
Nearby, Rose Washington stood in the shade of a tree. She said she didn't hear the gunfire earlier in the day, and she was just glad that school is out and children weren't standing outside waiting for their buses in the morning.
Jenkins' criminal history shows he has been convicted of simple assault, unlawfully carrying a weapon and possession of methamphetamine or cocaine base.
Johnson has convictions for trespassing, disorderly conduct, marijuana possession and discharging a firearm, his record shows.