BCSO: Sherwood Forest shooting likely stemmed from attempted robbery

Published 10:14 am Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance as deputies continue investigating a shooting in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood, east of Washington.

BCSO Investigations Lt. Jim VanLandingham says the shooting happened around 10:45 a.m. Monday at 116 Mansfield Road. After entering the home, an intruder shot a 20-year-old resident in the leg after a confrontation, he said.

“I would assume that the person who entered the house did so in an attempt to steal something and was basically caught in the act of doing that,” VanLandingham said.

According to VanLandingham, no one else was at home when the break-in/shooting occurred. A BCSO press release says the suspect fled the residence on foot in an unknown direction.

After deputies responded to the scene, the victim was transported by EMS to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. VanLandingham said the victim was stable and awaiting surgery at the hospital as of 5 p.m. Monday afternoon.

While no arrests had been made in the shooting as of Tuesday morning, the BCSO was able to interview the victim at the hospital Monday.

“He described the suspect as a black male, 6-foot-1, with short hair, wearing a black shirt with black pants,” VanLandingham said.

VanLandingham said BCSO deputies interviewed neighbors after the shooting, and were reviewing video footage of the area provided by residents. The BCSO is combing the neighborhood to try and find more information or video footage that could possibly lead to an arrest.

“Anybody that has a camera in the neighborhood, or was in the neighborhood around 10:45 (Monday morning), who may have seen something at the time and not thought anything of it, or anybody who lives in the neighborhood that might have some information, we could use some help on this one,” VanLandingham said.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at 252-946-7111.