POSTED: Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 5:46pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 1:15pm
FROM CHEROKEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT:
At approximately 1:30pm today (Sat 12/4/10) 73 year old male went to check
his property on CR3303 just west of Jacksonville. Upon his arrival, he
apparently interrupted 2 Hispanic males burglarizing a storage building on
The victim pulled his truck into the opening of his gate as the suspects
were attempting to leave through the same gate, blocking their exit. The
driver displayed a pistol and fired 2 rounds into the air as the passenger
exited the vehicle and advanced on the victim, shooting him at least twice;
once in the shoulder and once in the neck, narrowly missing his carotid
The passenger then opened the drivers door of the victims truck, threw him
from the truck, and backed the truck out of the way of the suspects vehicle,
leaving the victim wounded on the ground.
As the suspects left the property, the victim was able to identify two
characters of the license plate. He stated that it was a newer style
license plate, containing 3 characters separate from the last 4 characters.
He stated the first 2 characters of the last set of 4 was N4 (XXX N4XX).
A passerby later found the victim on the ground and called 9-1-1, placing
the victim on the phone with the Cherokee County 9-1-1 operator to give as
much information as possible.
The victim was taken by ambulance to ETMC in Jacksonville where he began
receiving treatment for the gunshot wounds.
The vehicle is described as a smaller 4 door car, dark in color possibly
Anyone with information is asked to call Cherokee County Sheriff's
Department at 903-683-2271.