The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is investigating what may turn out to be an accidental shooting on Cook Road in Lugoff around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
In a statement released Monday morning, Chief Deputy Steve Knafelc said that when deputies arrived, they found two male victims with gunshot wounds, one in the upper body and the other in a leg. Deputies secured the scene and notified EMS it was safe for them to assist with the wounded.
“Both victims were transported to Palmetto Richland (Memorial) in Columbia,” Knafelc said. “Investigators with the sheriff’s office arrived on the scene, and interviewed witnesses and collected evidence to include statements.”
According to a copy of the KCSO report of the incident, deputies found the 27-year-old victim with the gunshot wound to the chest lying just inside the front door of the residence with another man trying to keep him awake. The other victim, a 20-year-old man, had a gunshot wound to the back of the left leg, and was lying face down near the kitchen.
One of the witnesses said that a 26-year-old man in the home was looking at a gun and thought it was unloaded when it fired a single shot that struck both victims. The witness said that man then ran out of the house.
“There was never a threat to the community, and the subject has cooperated with law enforcement,” Knafelc said in the press release, adding that the case is still under investigation.
No charges had been filed as of noon Monday.