HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Police are investigating after a woman and a 3-year-old child were shot Wednesday night in the Conway area, according to Horry County police spokesperson Mikayla Moskov.
Shortly after 9 p.m., police received reports of a shooting near Landmark Road and Swinton Road. The female victim, 27, and the child were taken to the hospital for treatment. Police say their injuries are non-life-threatening and they are expected to recover.
For a time, officers used bloodhounds to canvas the area and residents were asked to shelter in place.
Witnesses told WMBF News the victims are mother and son, and a dog was also shot and killed in the incident.
Neighbors nearby told us they were enjoying a pool night when they said they heard a gunshot followed by several more.
“I thought it was a car door shutting at first,” said one resident who did not want to be identified.
The resident said the shots continued and it wasn’t long before first responders arrived to the scene.
“Within 10 minutes the whole road was covered with police personal, fire department,” she said.
The neighbor in her pool said she was drug out of the water by her husband and the last thing she remembers is crawling on rocks to take shelter.
The woman said her family lives close by and they had to wake up her granddaughter to bring her over to their house so they were all together.
Another neighbor said she was in her home when she heard a knock on her front door. That knock was from the mother and her son who had just been shot.
The neighbor said the woman told her, “My baby has been shot,” not realizing at that point she had been too.
We spoke with another resident in the neighborhood who said it’s normal for them to hear gunshots from time to time but Wednesday night was the worse it’s ever been.
“I heard the second round where it sounded like the clip being empty and that’s when I got concerned,” said one resident.
The neighbor said this kind of behavior has increased the past three years and now they’re hoping this will be the end of it.
“Just wondering when things are gonna finally change, cause it just seems like things are getting worse and worse," she said.
No suspects have been taken into custody and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call HCPD at 843-248-1520.