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Bullet pierces home, kills 2-year-old boy in SC Lowcountry

Bullet pierces home, kills 2-year-old boy in SC Lowcountry
Posted at 11:08 AM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 07:48:09-04

A bullet pierced a home and killed a 2-year-old boy in Jasper County Thursday night.

According to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, the bullet hit the child in the head after the house hit six times. Officers arrived at 1700 Fordville Road in Ridgeland, South Carolina, at 9:47 p.m. after they were called about shots being fired at a house.

The boy was pronounced dead at 10:40 p.m. He was lying in the bed with his mother when he was hit.

The sheriff’s office is questioning two “persons of interest.”

Investigators believe the house was targeted in an "isolated" incident.

"I believe this was an isolated, targetted incident," Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus said. "It was a personal issue, and the person or people who did this went there to affect the people that residence, and they did so."

The family has lived in the area for “nearly 20 years,” according to the sheriff.

"The people who live at the residence where this took place have been there for nearly 20 years. They’ve had little or no contact with law enforcement and little to know complaints. They’ve had some small riffs with neighbors but that’s about it. They’re very quiet people. Very hardworking people. They’ve lived here for a long period of time in Jasper County. Their kids go to school here. They’re a productive part of Jasper County society if you will.”

The deputies that responded to the scene are receiving peer counseling.

"Anytime that you see a 2-year-old laying there lifeless, if you don't get a lump in your throat, you don't have feelings. You don't have a heart," Malphrus said.

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