A man who may have been shot after investigators believe he tried to break into a Piedmont home has died.
The Anderson County Coroner’s Office said Rahim Shakur, 39, of Williamston, died of gunshot wounds shortly after driving to a Greenville hospital.
While the coroner’s office identified Shakur, sheriff’s deputies say they won’t know for sure if Shakur was the would-be intruder until they run ballistics tests in a few days.
Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies said the home invasion happened Monday evening at a home about four miles west of Piedmont. Spokeswoman Lt. Sheila Cole said Billy McCall, 78, was shot inside the home during the suspected home invasion. He was listed in stable condition Tuesday morning.
According to a release from Cole, an unidentified black male tried to force his way into the residence at gunpoint, using the female homeowner to gain access. Deputies said the intruder placed the woman in a choke-hold and shoved her toward the residence’s side door. The woman was able to yell and alert her husband, who confronted the suspect at the door with a handgun.
Cole said investigators do not believe the suspect was able to get into the home before he was confronted. McCall fired, while the intruder fired back, hitting McCall in the abdomen, according to the release. Investigators said they do not know if the suspect was hit by the shots, but the man was able to escape in his SUV.
“This incident appears to be an isolated, random act of violence; possibly a crime of perceived opportunity,” Sheriff John Skipper said in a statement, but he did not elaborate. “There is no reason to believe the public is at further risk.”