FROM STAFF REPORTS
Bishopville police officers arrested a 55-year-old man on July 25 for allegedly firing a shotgun at his father-in-law and injuring him while in the parking lot of an apartment complex the night before.
Joe Lewis Johnson, of Roland Street, Bishopville, is charged with attempted murder for allegedly firing a shotgun in the direction of the victim, causing non-life-threatening injuries to the victim's right eye. Responding officers observed blood on the victim's right shoulder and above his right eye, according to a news release from Bishopville Police Department.
Police Chief Calvin Collins said Johnson fired the gun at the victim, who was likely injured by fragments from the fired shotgun round.
The victim was transported to McLeod Hospital in Florence, where doctors continue to treat his injuries in the hopes of saving his eye and vision, according to the release.
About 10:30 p.m. on July 24, officers responded to a call about a gunshot being heard at Woodside Apartments on Roland Street, Bishopville.
According to an incident report from the police department, after the shooting incident, Johnson returned to his residence, changed his clothes and left the area on foot.
Officers later located Johnson at a relative's residence on Academy Road in Bishopville after receiving a tip.
Johnson is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony. In total, his bond has been set at $81,275.
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