Saturday, May 15, 2004

Cross, South Carolina

From the Charleston Post and Courier of May 13, 2004

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Recent burglary victim shoots neighbor in leg

Teen apparently was breaking into home

A teenager in Cross had to have his left leg amputated Wednesday after he was shot, reportedly during the burglary of a neighbor's home.

The 16-year-old, who was not identified by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, was charged with burglary.

He underwent surgery at Trident Medical Center.

No charges have been filed against homeowner Jerron Richburg, 27. The shooting will be reviewed by the solicitor's office.

The teenager is accused of using a file and a screwdriver to force his way into the front door of Richburg's home on Farm Hill Circle Road around noon, Maj. Ricky Driggers said.

Richburg had been burglarized before, as recently as May 2, Driggers said. Richburg told deputies someone tried to get into the residence several other times, but couldn't because the door was secured by a deadbolt.

Richburg pretended to be gone Wednesday to see if he could find out who had been breaking into his house, Driggers said. Richburg was in a bedroom when the door was forced open. He wounded the teenager with a shotgun blast.

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