ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - An Orangeburg man is lucky to be alive after being injured when a bullet hit his car Thursday evening.
The 23-year-old victim, who does not want to be identified because of concerns for his safety, said he was driving near the Orangeburg Flea Market on U.S. 301 around 7:00 p.m. when he suddenly felt and heard breaking glass. "A big boom and white powder coming across my face," he said, "I couldn't see anything for a minute. Then I ducked. Then punched the gas."
Fearing he had been shot, the victim drove himself to a nearby Piggly Wiggly on Old Edisto Drive where he got help. "I was covered in blood. Blood all over the car. I was just trying to get help."
He had visible injuries to his face, but rescue workers were not able to determine if he'd been injured by flying glass and debris or a bullet.
The victim was taken to the hospital for medical treatment and was later released.
Investigators say a single bullet entered the 1998 Chevy Malibu through the driver's side window, then hit the windshield near the rear view mirror and ricocheted into the air bag on the passenger side of the vehicle.
The victim could not provide a description of the shooter or any type of vehicle that may have been involved, according to investigators.
"I didn't deserve this," said the victim. "Nobody deserves this." He says he does not have any enemies and has no idea who would shoot at him. "They put a bullet through my car for no reason and had no remorse for it," he said, "Just kept going."
The victim had purchased his car only a week ago. He said he plans to get his window and windshield fixed.
He said he's thankful to be alive and hopes the shooter is caught soon. "I don't want anybody to go through what I went through."
Investigators hope the public might know who pulled the trigger. If you know anything about this incident, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.